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Apple to host WWDC in early June

Apple's annual developers conference will be held in San Francisco around the usual time, but will CEO Steve Jobs make an early return from his medical leave to appear at the show?

Apple's annual developers conference is expected to focus on the iPhone and Mac OS X Snow Leopard this year. Screenshot by Tom Krazit/CNET

Apple has set the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, to be held once again in San Francisco during June.

The company will host about 5,000 engineers in San Francisco's Moscone West convention center the week of June 8 through June 12, it confirmed Thursday. Some Apple developers were starting to get nervous that Apple had yet to confirm the dates in order for them to make travel plans.

Apple did not post any explicit information about whether there would be the usual opening keynote at WWDC this year, except for an offhand reference to the "WWDC Keynote Session" in a site section regarding attendance policies. Last year's event saw CEO Steve Jobs unveil the iPhone 3G, but this year, Jobs is supposed to be on medical leave through the end of June, which would likely preclude him from hosting the show.

That is, unless he plans to return early. It's hard to imagine that Apple would host a WWDC without plans for some sort of media event, which this year has been expected to focus on a combination of a new iPhone and the iPhone OS 3.0 software, as well as Mac OS X Snow Leopard, expected to arrive in the next few months.

A call to Apple representatives seeking more information about the keynote was not immediately returned.