Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at D10 and (probably) WWDC

Those of you desperate for the next big Apple announcement may not have long to wait. Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to make two high-profile appearances over the next couple of weeks, starting with tonight’s chat with tech journalists Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher at D10, the All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes.

While some are hoping for word of a new iPhone, a smaller iPad or the long-awaited Apple TV tonight, it seems unlikely, as notoriously tight-lipped Apple tends to keep its projects under wraps until it can make an announcement on its own terms. More likely, the unscripted interview will delve into Apple’s stance on working conditions at its manufacturers’ Chinese factories, its ongoing patent battles over Google’s Android OS and Samsung’s Galaxy devices, and provide insight into the personality of Apple’s new leader.

The conference, which runs through Thursday, focuses on the impact of digital technology, and also features talks from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, LinkedIn Chaiman Reid Hoffman, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker, Napster co-founder Sean Parker and Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, among many others.

For the latest, be sure to check out Troy Wolverton’s report from the conference tonight on, and follow his tweets at @troywolv.

The more likely venue for Apple’s Next Big Thing is its Worldwide Developers Conference, running June 11-15 in San Francisco. The event’s schedule was announced today, and it kicks off with a keynote address at 10 a.m. on June 11, likely given by Cook and possibly announcing a major new product.

Typically, Apple uses this event to unveil its latest desktop and mobile operating systems, but it has also used the opportunity to announce new hardware. In years past, new iPhone iterations were introduced at the WWDC, though last year Apple held off until fall to announce the iPhone 4S.

So stay tuned, gadget nerds — new toys may be just around the corner.



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