WWDC 2009 to occur June 6-12? - Don't count on it as other weeks are just as likely in June, July, or August

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By: switchtoamac at: 4:58 PM on March 6, 2009 | Comments (0)

Speculation is running rampant amongst Apple watchers that the firm's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) will be held during June 6-12.  It was first speculated by the Baltimore Sun and has been picked up by numerous outlets.  It's widely anticipated that Apple will demonstrate and/or announce Snow Leopard, Mac OS X version 10.6 at WWDC.

The Baltimore Sun references a "corporate meeting" that has been added to the Moscone's West Convention Center calendar for June 6-12 and sepculated that it may represent Apple's annual developers conference, WWDC.  The Sun also reference potential Snow Leopard book publication dates as listed on Amazon as a means to support their specualtion.  Our analysis and past experience can clearly demonstrate that Amazon's information is to be taken with a grain of salt.

We published a post on March 15, 2007 titled, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 - a May 2007 release? in which we provided analysis of a potential Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard release based on prior information from Apple CEO Steve Jobs as well as Leopard book publication information posted on Amazon.  Clearly, the Leopard book information on Amazon wasn't a reliable predictor for Leopard's release (it was released in October 2007) as Amazon initially showed that the books would be released in May/June.

Past WWDC events
The last three WWDC events dating back to 2006 took place as follows:

  • 2008 - June 9-13 at Moscone West, San Francisco
  • 2007 - June 11-15 at Moscone West, San Francisco
  • 2006 - August 7-11 at Moscone West, San Francisco  

Other likely WWDC 2009 dates
As can be seen, each time WWDC is held it is a 5-day event.  The last two have been held in the middle of June.  By looking at the Moscone Event schedule, it is clearly observable that it is missing information for Moscone West (doesn't even list events for Moscone West) during the following Monday - Friday 5-day periods:

  • June 15 - 19
  • July 20 - 24
  • August 17 - 21
  • August 24 - 28
Therefore, Apple could be conducting WWDC during one of five possible 5-day periods thereby giving the Baltimore Sun's prediction a 20% chance of being accurate.   Rest assured that the time for speculation should soon be drawing to a close as Apple will be announcing the event date in the near future.

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