It seems Mac developers are upset about the focus on the iPhone, apparently the Apple Design Awards have no category for desktop developers this year. This means there will only be ADA’s for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad apps, setting a tone for the entire event. That is an odd change from previous years, and developers are worried about what this might mean. Apple is not likely to show off the next major update, Mac OS X 10.7, at the event at all. That would fall in line with the focus on iPhone OS this year, and probably means 10.7 won’t be talked about until a much later date.
Despite the change in tone for this year’s conference, the big news will most certainly be the new iPhone. Apple already announced iPhone OS 4 earlier this year, and said that it would be released this summer. That follows the theory that they will announce the new iPhone, and means we are that much closer to knowing the exact date when both will finally be released. This is what most people are excited about, and perhaps that is why Apple is giving a cold shoulder to the desktop this year.