Apple has today confirmed that company CEO Steve Jobs and a high-ranked team of executives will deliver the opening keynote at WWDC 2006.

The executives will show developers a world-first preview of Mac OS X "Leopard" during the keynote, which takes place on August 7 at 10am (Pacific Time, 6pm UK time).

Jobs will be joined by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing; Bertrand Serlet, senior vice president of software engineering; and Scott Forstall, vice president of platform experience.

Throughout WWDC, developers will receive detailed information and best practices on developing Universal applications that take advantage of the performance of Intel-based Macs, including special sessions on performance optimization using Apple software development tools.

The five-day event, which runs from August 7 to August 11, will deliver more than 175 technical sessions and labs with new content designed to serve a wide range of Mac developers, including tracks that preview Leopard and dozens of hands-on labs providing opportunities to work developer-to-developer with Apple engineers.

Other activities at Apple's WWDC 2006 will include: presentation sessions led by engineers and experts; hands-on sessions; technology specific labs and special events and activities including the opening night's Apple Developer Connection Reception, Apple Design Awards, Stump the Experts and Late Night Labs.

WWDC 2006 attendance costs $1,595 per attendee, with a $300 Early Registration Discount that has been extended through July 7.

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