Sad news, folks: the Macworld/iWorld conferences are no more. IDG, the company behind both the long-running conference and the recently-downsized and de-magazined Macworld publication, announced today that the conference is "going on hiatus", and that the 2015 event will not happen. Macworld/iWorld has struggled in recent years with the loss of Apple as a keynote partner, with the company around which the conference revolved opting to focus more on their own events and putting significant capital into WWDC.
IDG's MacIT Mac-focused enterprise technology conference will continue, but the larger Macworld/iWorld is no more. IDG is likely working to rework the conference, but that it's going on hiatus doesn't bode well for Macworld/iWorld's future. It's a blow to have the January-duo of CES and Macworld be no more, though we're certain this won't be something that holds the Mac and iOS developer communities back.
Here's the official statement from IDG:
Statement of IDG World Expo regarding Macworld/iWorld
"We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015. Our MacIT event, the world's premiere event for deploying Apple in the enterprise, will continue next year with details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Since 1985, Macworld events have brought together a community to celebrate the incredible innovations that Apple has brought into the world, shining a spotlight on the developers who add value to the user's experience in infinite ways. As Apple products and the related ecosystem have changed, so has the marketplace, and we are proud to have played a part in that evolution. Literally thousands of companies and hundreds of products have come to market at Macworld, and countless professional relationships have been forged. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Apple community for allowing us to host these events and be a part of the incredible story that is the Apple market.
We are committed via our MacIT event to bringing together the product developers innovating with enterprise iOS and OS X based solutions, and the growing legion of professionals empowering their organizations through these tools. We are exploring exciting new partnerships, venues and delivery opportunities through which MacIT can continue to serve this market, and we look forward to announcing our plans for this event within the next few months."
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
Didnt they fire most of there staff a few weeks ago. It's hard to hold a event of you have know one to run the event.
That has nothing to do with it. Macworld the magazine and Macworld Expo are separate divisions of IDG. Macworld the magazine participated in the Expo, but they didn't run it.
Sad news? Yes.
Surprise? No. The last "real" Macworld was way back in 2009.
That was the last one with an Apple booth.
Just for grins, you can see the 1995 Macworld SF in the movie "The Net" (1995, Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller.) The film crew put up a fake banner for filming, but all the company logos are those of actual exhibitors. And boy has computing technology come a long way in 20 years. It's painful to watch actors jamming floppy drives into slots, staring at 12" desktop monitors, staggering around carrying laptops the size of New York City phone books, etc.
This hit me pretty hard. As a newcomer to Mac computing, I was looking forward to attending my first Macworld next year and already blocked it off my guesstimated dates for the event on my 2015 calendar. Rubbing elbows with the likes of Marcus Mann and David Sparks would have been awesome.
My impression is that there aren't any events similar to this one, so I'll chalk this up as another lost opportunity.
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