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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.

By The CocoaConf Team (May 28, 2014, at 3:6 PM)

We’re excited to announce the first installment of the all-new CocoaConf Podcast, by Daniel Steinberg!

The CocoaConf Podcast features members of the iOS and OS X community offering tips, insight, facts, and opinions for other iOS and OS X developers. You'll recognize many of the voices from the CocoaConf speaker roster. Daniel will be your host.

In the pilot episode, Daniel talks with some familiar folks in the Apple developer community. You'll hear from people like Jeff LaMarche, Chris Adamson, Ben Scheirman, Saul Mora, Jonathan Penn, and Josh Smith. 

The CocoaConf Podcast is available on iTunes. You can also follow @CocoaConfCast on Twitter, and subscribe to the RSS feed to be kept up to date with the latest awesomeness from the CocoaConf Podcast.

The CocoaConf Podcast is a still a project in the making. If you have any thoughts or questions about the podcast, please write to Daniel at

We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

The CocoaConf Team