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Jobs WWDC keynote to highlight Lion, iOS 5, iCloud

With less than a week to go before the kickoff of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, you may have been looking at the schedule and scratching your head. Would there be a keynote? Who would be hosting? Consider your concerns assuaged, as Apple on Tuesday announced that its conference will begin with a keynote by CEO Steve Jobs on Monday, June 6, at 10 a.m. Pacific. And if that's not enough, Apple's press release also revealed that the company will be discussing iCloud, its forthcoming cloud services offering.

Jobs has been on indefinite medical leave from Apple since January, but that hasn't stopped him from appearing on stage; in March, he headlined the iPad 2 announcement. But the Apple CEO won't be alone on stage next week. As with previous WWDC keynotes, he'll be accompanied by a team of the company's executives--we'd guess folks like Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall, and the newly-promoted Craig Federighi for sure.

In addition to the tantalizing iCloud, which many have speculated will feature a cloud-music component to compete with recent offerings from Amazon and Google, the WWDC keynote will also focus on two major milestones: Mac OS X Lion, which we first saw previewed back in October, and iOS 5, which has so far been kept tightly under wraps, but which many hope will bring much-needed improvements like better notifications and other subtler changes to the mobile operating system.

All told, it's a spate of interesting topics that are bound to be significant for users of all Apple products, so you can bet your bottom dollar that Macworld will be on hand to bring you live coverage of the keynote event, followed by plenty of analysis of Apple's announcements.


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