Steve Jobs, delivering one of his keynote speechesApple just confirmed that Steve Jobs will be hosting the keynote address at the company’s World Wide Developers Conference next month, fuelling speculation that he’ll use the event to unveil the next iPhone… or possibly a Mac tablet.

The ‘Podfather will take to the stage at 10am on Monday June 9 to kick off the show at San Francisco’s Moscone West conference centre.

According to Apple’s announcement, he’ll lead a team of executives in showing off application development on OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone.

However, we’ve a sneaking suspicion there’ll be more in store than pure software.

In the past, Jobs has used WWDC to introduce new hardware. Apple’s iSight webcam, the Power Mac G5 and the company’s swanky Cinema Displays were all given their first public airing at WWDC, so now all eyes will be on Jobs to see what he has this time.

Our money is on a 3G iPhone. Since O2 has sold out of the current model, and AT&T is cancelling staff holiday like a power-mad HR boss, it makes sense.

Of course, there’s always the possibility of a surprise near the end. Jobs is famous for his “one more thing…” announcements. Tablet Mac anyone?

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