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WWDC is Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, it is a yearly meeting for developers and designers of Apple software to collaborate and receive feedback. WWDC is typically when we find out what to expect for the next year from Apple.
This year’s WWDC is taking place June 11-15, 2012.
Before Apple was a mobile phone giant, WWDC primarily focused on Apple’s desktop products and its plans for competing against the Windows OS.
After the iPhone, the focus of WWDC shifted and the show began to quickly sell out.
Keep reading to see big products Apple has announced at previous conferences.
Mac OS X was first mentioned in Apple's OS strategy announcement at the 1998 WWDC. But the operating system really became what we know today between 1999 and 2000.
OS X 10.0 was the foundation for currently availble OS X 10.7 (Lion). Since its debut, OS X has had seven (soon to be eight) updates all adding improved functionality and features.
During the 2003 WWDC keynote apple revealed the Power Mac G5. It was Apple's most powerful computer in it's line up.
Apple called the professional-grade machine the 'fastest personal computer ever built.'
iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and iChat were announced the same year as the Power Mac G5.
The software suite combined video editing, photo storage/editing, and simple DVD creation. Safari 1.0, Apple's own browser was also announced during the 2003 show.
Apple announced the switch from PowerPC processors to Intel processors during the 2005 WWDC keynote. Intel processors are still present in Apple computers today.
The Mac Pro was the next generation of the Power Mac G5. The first Mac Pro was based on Intel's Dual-core Xeon Woodcrest processors and formally announced on August 7, 2006 at WWDC.
Apple previewed Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard at WWDC 2006.
Leopard included full 64-bit app support, Time Machine, Boot Camp, Front Row, Photo Booth and more.
Leopard would be released in late 2007.
Five months after the first iPhone was unveiled, Apple used WWDC to announce support for third-party web apps in Safari. This paved the way for the App Store the following year.
2008 was the first year WWDC sold out.
After telling developers they wouldn't allow third-party apps on the iPhone, Apple announced the iPhone SDK at WWDC 2008 along with the iPhone 3G.
The increased popularity of the iPhone and developer interest in app creation made the App Store possible.
When MobileMe was announced, the service was ground breaking because for the first time Apple targeted Windows users in addition to Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPod touch users.
The service was useful for syncing information between multiple computers and set the stage for iCloud.
iPhone OS 3.0 brought a large amount of features to the iPhone. Users could now, copy and paste; send picture messages; tether iPhones to laptops; push notifications; and more.
iPhone 4 with FaceTime and the iMovie for iPhone app debuted in 2010.
Apple also announced at this event that iPhone OS would officially be called iOS.
Lion was announced in 2011. The OS merged the tablet features of the iPad with the PC experience.
iCloud changed the way we back up our iPhones and sync them with computers.
2011 also introduced iTunes Match and a host of necessary software improvements.
rumours have been leaking out for sometime now about what Apple is actually planning on introducing at WWDC 2012.
We've heard about new maps, Facebook integration throughout the OS, and talk of a new iPhone but we won't know for sure until next week.
This year is the first conference without Steve Jobs so it will be interesting to see how CEO Tim Cook steps up to the challenge.