Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations, told E-Commerce Times that there’s much more interest in the Mac platform from those involved in the IT and open-source scenes. He was discussing the 2004 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which will run June 28-July 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. This year’s event will have a hands-on lab specifically for enterprise IT developers and will beef up the life sciences focus, he added. And while, not surprisingly, Okamoto wouldn’t comment on any specific announcements, he told E-Commerce Times “that you should expect to hear some similar messages” to last year’s G5 introduction and Panther focus as WWDC is Apple’s opportunity to “to get in front of the developer community and give them an idea of our technology direction for the future.”