updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu October 20, 2011
Revives Tech Talk concept
Apple has unveiled plans for an iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour. Apple experts are scheduled to visit nine cities during the tour, including Berlin, London, Rome, Beijing, Seoul, São Paolo, New York City, Seattle, and Austin. Events will start in Berlin on November 2nd and end in Austin on January 23rd. Registration for January 13th's New York City event is already full.
Each city will host the tour for a day, with a schedule (PDF) covering several app development topics like interface design, iCloud storage, UIKit, AirPlay, and OpenGL. After morning sessions are finished however people will have to choose which ones they want to attend, since afternoon sessions are scheduled to happen in three different rooms simultaneously. All of the talks will be presented in English, though in Beijing, Seoul, and São Paolo translation will be given in Chinese, Korean, and Portugese, respectively.
Registration for tour events is free, but requires an iOS Developer Program memebership and an associated Apple ID. Apple is also limiting attendance to one person per registration, and demanding that people have a photo ID and confirmation notice handy when arriving at a talk.
Apple has hosted Tech Talks in the past, but seemingly abandoned the concept after 2009. The company may consider iOS 5 such a radical departure that it feels the talks necessary to spur development. In all iOS 5 adds over 200 new features, such as Newsstand and the Notification Center.