Apple has announced the first six sessions and this year's Student Scholarship scheme for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

WWDC 2007 takes place at San Francisco's Moscone West convention centre between 1-15 June. The event will host sessions and strands across the gamut of Apple development, with a particular slant on the company's new Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' operating system.

Student scholarships

Apple is offering its Apple Developer Connection (ADC) Student members the chance to apply for a scholarship to participate in the WWDC Student Scholarship Program. Scholarship recipients get a free ticket to attend WWDC, with complete access to all technical sessions and special events (a $1,595 value).

Students must file a resume and complete an online application form by 19 March to get the chance of a scholarship. More details here.

The first six tracks

The six announced tracks will feature more than 100 individual sessions covering Leopard Innovations, Mac OS X Essentials, Developer Tools, Information Technologies, Graphics and Imaging, and Content and Media.

Leopard Innovations looks at the new features developers can exploit within their applications inside Mac OS X 10.5, while the Mac OS Essentials series offers in-depth technical information about the core technologies and development techniques required to build applications for the new Mac OS.

The Developer Tools session will look at Xcode 3.0, Interface Builder and Dashcode. These sessions will also feature advice on getting started with Mac OS X development.

The Graphics and Imaging track will explore Leopard's advanced audio, video, imaging, and graphics capabilities: Core Image, Core Audio and Core Video, for example.

Sessions on rich media on the desktop and online, delivering video using the web, online video technologies and sessions for IT professionals also feature within the first six announced tracks.

WWDC ticket prices start at $1,295 per person. The annual event features an opening keynote that has been presented by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in recent years.