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iOS and Mac developer conferences to check out in 2012

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CES and Macworld are hogging the event spotlight right now, but what about events for developers?  Last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (s aapl) sold out quick, and this year’s probably will too, so you may want to plan on alternate conference and training opportunities in 2012.

Waking Up Early for WWDC Keynote

Even this year’s CodeMash, a developer’s conference in Sandusky, Ohio sold out in an amazing twenty minutes to over 1,200 attendees.  So rather than holding out to see if Apple expands its own event, you should check out these upcoming alternatives:

  • MacIT in San Francisco at the Moscone Center Jan. 26-28, 2012.
  • 360|MacDev in Denver at the Embassy Suites Feb. 3-4, 2012.
  • CocoaConf in Chicago at the Elk Grove Village March 16-17, 2012.
  • 360|iDev in Denver at the Crowne Plaza Sept. 2012.
  • MacTech in Los Angeles Oct. 17-19, 2012

You may even be able to score an event closer to home by checking Eventbrite, or by contacting a local CocoaHead. However, if you have your heart set on attending WWDC, there may be something you can do about it.

Waiting for WWDC to Begin

Cult of Mac points out that there is a service that will send you an SMS message the moment WWDC tickets go on sale.  WWDC Alerts, the site  extending this offer, also has a Twitter account that you can follow if you prefer. So sign up for the alerts, monitor your Apple information channels, and you just might get in.