Once there was order in the world of Mac conferences: Macworld SF in January, WWDC in May, MacHack in mid June, Macworld NYC in July, and Mac OS X Conference in October. Depending on your computing preferences, you’d pick a couple over the course of the year and book your flights.
Then the rumbling began. First there was disharmony between Apple and IDG over how to handle the East Coast show in the summer. Then we learned that Panther wasn’t going to be ready in time to distribute at WWDC in May. Suddenly, this year’s Mac conferences began to tumble upon each other.
So here’s the latest if you’re following the action:
- WWDC has moved from San Jose to San Francisco and is scheduled for June 23-27.
- MacHack remains in Detroit on June 19-21.
- Macworld NYC is now called CREATE and is still in New York City on July 14-18.
- O’Reilly’s Mac OS X Conference is happening in Santa Clara, CA on Oct. 27-30
Indeed, Apple has begun a chain reaction for the remainder of this year’s conference schedule. Maybe it’s time for change. And just like with everything else, we have to be more flexible than ever when making plans.
Bottom line is… I’m not booking my flights 6 months ahead of time anymore. No way! The world could be a diffrent place before I ever reach the boarding gate. Thirty days in advance is just fine with me.