Let the wild speculation and fervent bit-chomping come to a close: Apple issued a press release this morning confirming the debut of its much-talked about cloud service will take place at the keynote for the annual World Wide Developers Conference next Monday at 10 AM. The service has officially been dubbed "iCloud" (Apple bought that domain for $4.5 million in April) and is opaquely described in the press release as "Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering."

Steve Jobs will ignore his medical leave, just lke he did for the iPad 2 unveiling, to do the honors. OSX Lion and iOS 5 will also make their debuts. Conspicuously absent from the announced festivities? The iPhone 5: further confirming speculation that the new iPhone won't be released this summer as it has in years past. Too bad. Full text below.

Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6 CUPERTINO, California—May 31, 2011—Apple®

CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.

WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers. For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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[AllThingsD]