Apple CEO Steve Jobs will kick off the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a 10am keynote that will include a preview of Mac OS X 10.4.

Nearly a fifth (16 per cent) of Macworld readers will be happy – Apple has announced that the next iteration of Mac OS X will be called Tiger. A recent online poll found that the most popular choice for the name of the next operating system is Lynx.

The five-day event runs from June 28 to July 2 and will include an in-depth look at Mac OS "from its open source foundation to innovative application frameworks, next generation development tools and its industry leading graphics and imaging capabilities".

Apple says: "WWDC is the place to learn why Mac OS X is fuelling the innovation of both the desktop and server market."

WWDC will feature an Enterprise IT track designed to help enterprise developers, system administrators and IT managers understand the core technologies that will be delivered in Tiger and fully leverage them in their environments, according to Apple.

A QuickTime and Digital Media track will offer developers and content creators a chance to explore the latest in multimedia for mobile devices with 3GPP, best practices for content delivery with QuickTime Streaming Server, and new tools and techniques for creating and delivering exceptional digital media content.

A hands-on labs will feature the latest Mac systems, offering developers a chance to port and test their code and get technical assistance from Apple engineers.

Also on offer are sessions on Application Technologies, Development Tools, Graphics and Media, Hardware and OS Foundations. Pre-Conference Workshops, Apple Design Awards, Apple Campus Bash, WWDC Exhibit Fair and Special Interest Groups will also take place.