Apple has confirmed the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, and with it the expected announcement date of its latest iPhone mobile phone.

The conference, which saw the launch of the iPhone 3GS in 2009, will kick off on the 7 June and includes the first ever iPad development sessions and hands-on working labs for iPhone OS 4, as well as Mac OS X core technology labs.

“This year’s WWDC offers developers in-depth sessions and hands-on working labs to learn more about iPhone OS 4, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system”, said Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone Software. “WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better”.

But the main media spotlight won't be on the software workshops, but on whether or not the company will use the event to launch the next generation iPhone that is rumoured to feature a front facing camera and an improved screen resolution.

Will WWDC see the launch of the 4G iPhone or the iPhone HD as some rumours suggest? And if the company does launch new hardware will it be identical to what we've already seen? - thanks to leaks on the Web of a prototype which was lost in a bar and the sold to Gizmodo.

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