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.
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.
- 360|iDev coming up Sept. 11-14, 2011 in Denver.
- Mobile Connections last held April 17-21, 2011 in Las Vegas.
- iPhone / iPad DevCon East last held April 4-6, 2011 in Boston. Future event announcements expected soon.
- iPhone Developers Conference last held April 9-10 in Seattle. Program design led by Erica Sadun.
If you live outside the United States, there are some iPhone development conferences in Australia and Europe worth checking out.
- Swipe coming up Sept. 5-6, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
- Mobile World Congress 2012 coming up Feb. 27 to March 1, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.
- NSConference UK last held March 21, 2011 in England. Future dates to be announced.
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.
If you’d rather interact with people across your keyboard than face to face, you can find a great deal of help online.