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What Will Steve Have Up his Sleeve?

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Place your bets on what Steve willl have up his sleeve. Steve, as in Steve Jobs, will deliver the opening keynote address at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next month, the company confirmed Monday.

Last year when the event was held, Jobs was out on medical leave. The expectation is that the headline event will include an update about the new mobile operating system Apple announced in April. There's also the possibility that Jobs may offer more details on the (not-so-secret) next-generation iPhone 4G. In an interview earlier today with Bloomberg News, Edward Jones & Co. analyst William Kreher noted that 'given Apple's track record, the most likely scenario is that they'll introduce new hardware, in this case the latest iPhone." Shares of Apple were up more than $6 in late morning trading.

Earlier this spring, an Apple engineer forgot his prototype iPhone unit in a bar not far from Apple's headquarters. The tech Web site Gizmodo subsequently published pictures and specifications of the unit, setting off a concatenation of events> which led to a police investigation.

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