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By Dave Klein (September 23, 2014, at 11:1 AM)

When Apple chose “Yosemite” as the name for the latest release of OS X, they chose the name not only of one of the most beautiful sites in California, but of one of the most amazing places in the world! From the giant sequoias to the majestic Half Dome and El Capitán to the beautiful waterfalls pouring from crystal clear rivers, Yosemite truly is a wonderful place to visit.

We are so thrilled about Apple’s choice for OS X’s name, and all that it represents, that we’ve decided to put on a conference to celebrate it. On April 20th through April 23rd, sixteen of the most well-respected writers, designers, and developers in the Apple community will be gathered in the heart of Yosemite Valley for the most unique Apple conference in history!

We’re calling it “Yosemite, by CocoaConf”. It’s the Apple Conference with a View!

The event will be held at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, with the majestic Yosemite Falls in view from the conference center. It is going to be amazing!

Andy Ihnatko Brent Simmons
Serenity Caldwell Neven Mrgan
Jim Dalrymple Duncan Davidson
James Dempsey Matt Drance
Guy English Michael Lopp
Jaimee Newberry Laura Savino
Jason Snell Daniel Steinberg
Andrew Stone Dave Wiskus


From Monday evening through Thursday morning, we will be hearing from our awesome lineup of Apple community leaders. We won’t be sitting in a conference room all day — not with the beauty of Yosemite right outside the door! Each day will include extended breaks to get out and enjoy the park. We will offer some organized activities, such as guided hikes or a photo walk with James Duncan Davidson. Or you can just get together with friends and explore!

Space is very limited for this event, so please don’t put it off too long. We’d hate for you to miss this, almost as much as you would.

You can get all of the details at and you can register today!

This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event — don’t miss it!

By Dave Klein (September 10, 2014, at 7:43 AM)

For the past couple of years, I have been hoping that Apple would resist the pressure to come out with a 5"+ phone.  There are two main reasons for this now-shattered hope.

The first and most significant reason is that it shows that Apple is being directed by their competitors and detractors.  I know that there are some number of iPhone users who wanted a larger phone, though I’d argue that the 4.7 would have sufficed most of them, but the vast majority of noise about Apple’s lack of a giant phone was coming from the phone manufacturers who currently make them, or from the media pundits who inherently hate Apple.  It’s very similar to when you hear political party A saying that party B is doomed unless they do X.  Then party B does X, and it backfires on them, just as party A had hoped.  In other words, don’t take direction from your enemies.  With the iPhone 6 Plus, it appears that Apple is doing just that.  And that scares me.   

The second reason is that they look terrible in use.  I knew that if Apple were to make a ginormous phone, it would be the best-looking one in existence, but what good is being best-in-class when the whole class is hideous?  I’ll grant that there are exceptions to this terrible look.  If you are over 7 feet (2.13 meters) tall and can easily palm a basketball, a 5.5-inch phone might look good on you, but for most of humanity it’s just too big for a phone.  An LTE iPad Micro maybe, but not a phone.

But what’s done is done.  The devices and the screens on them do look amazing, and I’m sure they will sell well, at least in the short term.  I just hope I’m wrong about this being a new means of setting direction at Apple. 

There is one more thing I’ll hope for and that I’ll ask all of you to help with.  One of the things I’ve always noticed about Apple products is that they look really cool, and people using them look really cool.  So, in order to keep that picture from fading, if you do purchase an iPhone 6 Plus, please, use a headset to make calls.  For the sake of Apple’s reputation as the maker of the best-looking devices — in a display and in use — please, for the love of all that is new and shiny, don’t hold the iPhablet up to your head.*


* Unless you are, in fact, over 7 feet tall.

By Solomon Klein (June 18, 2014, at 9:17 AM)

Some of you may have noticed a sad hole in the CocoaConf speaker roster this Fall. The explanation for this was given today, over Twitter, as you may have seen. Jonathan Penn is joining Apple this coming July.

We’ve been privileged to have had Jonathan join us at 18 of our 20 CocoaConfs or CocoaConf events. Jonathan’s insight, energy, and humor really have played a big part in making the CocoaConf voice right from the start, and will not be easily replaced.

It’s an understatement to say that we’ll miss Jonathan very much, but we’re reminded of this: when awesome people — like Jonathan Penn or Bill Dudney — join Apple, the whole Apple developer community benefits. Yes, it’s sad that he won’t be on the circuit, but we’ve gained a stronger, better Apple.

We wish you well, Jonathan, and give you the heartiest congratulations that the CocoaConf Team can give.

And may the users win.

Solomon, for the CocoaConf Team

By Solomon Klein (June 12, 2014, at 11:14 AM)

This past WWDC may go down in history as one of the most pivotal for the Apple developer community. Tim Cook stated in the opening keynote that WWDC 2014 would involve “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store.” As Matt Drance said in a recent blog post, “He was not exaggerating.”

Apple released Swift, an all-new programming language, as well as numerous improvements and enhancements to iOS, OS X, and the developer tools.

Usually, we wouldn’t be able to talk about all of this stuff until the developer NDA dropped, which traditionally hasn’t happened until after the new versions of iOS and OS X were released. This year, however, Apple seems to have let up on the NDA a bit, as section 10.1 of the developer agreement seems to bear witness to. With these changes in the developer agreement, we will be able to cover the recent improvements and developments in iOS, OS X, Swift, and the developer tools.

How does this affect you? You’ll be able to catch sessions on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite technologies at all five of our Fall events: Columbus, Las Vegas, Seattle, Boston, and Atlanta.

Since this happened so close to the end date of the Early Bird sale for CocoaConf Columbus, we are moving out the sale’s end to June 20th. This allows our speakers more time to decide what they’d like to cover from the New Shiny.™

The Columbus schedule is starting to fill in, and you can check it out here as new talks come in. We would like to mention that our iOS tutorial and Game Development workshops will be updated for Swift. We’ll also be running a Swift Kickstart workshop in Columbus*, taught by Daniel Steinberg.

There’s never been a better time to be an iOS or Mac developer, and there’s never been a better opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with the latest changes and improvements in Apple software development.

See you on the tour!
The CocoaConf Team

*The Swift Workshop is also coming to the CocoaConf events at Las Vegas, Seattle, Boston, and Atlanta.