What to do if you aren’t at WWDC

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We expect to hear plenty about the next version of Mac OS X Lion, the next version of iOS for iPhone and iPad, and Apple’s new iCloud service at today’s WWDC keynote. To keep up with all the news, GigaOM will be providing extensive coverage for those who can’t be there. And if you couldn’t make it to the conference (which sold out in record time), the next best thing might be to attend one or more of the other iPhone and Mac conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

iOS Conferences

There are quite a few other conferences designed just for iPhone developers. While these other conferences don’t offer the same opportunity to interact directly with Apple engineers, they do provide great training, and the chance to share and learn from other developers. Tickets are still available for 360|iDev, a three day developer-focused conference. Upcoming sessions of other conferences are expected to be announced.


If you live outside the United States, there are some iPhone development conferences in Australia and Europe worth checking out.

Mac Conferences

There are two great Mac IT and development conferences in the United States. Unfortunately, the dates overlap this year so you’ll have to pick one or the other (or catch a flight from LA to Denver on Nov. 4).


If conferences aren’t your thing, there are two major classroom training providers in the United States. No word on iOS 5 specific classes yet, but I would expect offerings to come soon.


Local meetups are a great way to improve your skills, and network in the development community. CocoaHeads helps coordinate a number of meetups in the U.S. and abroad.

Online Forums

If you’d rather interact with people across your keyboard than face to face, you can find a great deal of help online.

There’s very little that can compare to getting first-hand advice from Apple engineers, but that doesn’t mean developers who couldn’t attend WWDC are without resources. The Apple development community is large and provides tons of great learning opportunities. Share your own suggestions in the comments.

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