Macworld magazine closes shop after 30 years in print

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Steve Jobs on the first cover of Macworld in 1984.
Steve Jobs on the first cover of Macworld in 1984.

Macworld is closing its doors. Parent company IDG has laid off much of its staff, including longtime employee and Editorial Director Jason Snell.

First published in 1984, Macworld has played a historic role in covering Apple since its early days. The publication is most famous for spawning the Macworld Expo, a trade show where Steve Jobs announced multiple products, including the iPhone. Apple hasn’t held an event at Macworld Expo since 2008.

Cult of Mac has exclusive recollections by the magazine’s founder Dave Bunnell, which chronicle the journalist’s close encounters with a young and volatile Steve Jobs, the Mac’s difficult gestation and the birth of modern desktop computing.

In a statement on his personal site, Snell explains how leadership changes and budget cuts led to him parting ways with IDG, the company that also publishes TechHive and PCWorld.

Last December, after several corporate leadership changes, and with budget cuts looming on the horizon, I decided I couldn’t go on. My newest set of bosses persuaded me to stay give them a chance. So I continued to work and ponder my next move.

Then another leadership shift occurred, the sixth in 24 months. The new bosses were actually my old bosses, and they knew exactly how I was feeling about my job and the prospect of going through more painful changes. To their great credit, they allowed us to end our relationship amicably. I thank them for their support and their generosity. They even asked me to write a final front-of-the-book column in the November issue of Macworld.

While it’s currently unclear exactly how many people IDG has laid off, Snell confirms that “many of my colleagues lost their jobs today.”

Macworld’s website will continue running “with a reduced editorial staff,” according to current Editor Dan Miller, who is assisting with the transition before he also leaves in a month.

We’ve reached out to confirm when the last issue of Macworld will come out and what the discontinuing of the magazine means for Macworld Expo.

The timing of the layoffs happens to fall the day after Apple’s iPhone 6/Watch keynote. Macworld had several writers, including Snell, at the event liveblogging.

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  • Adrayven

    Alex, link to snellworld.com, he has a farewell letter up on it; gives an idea that this has been a long time coming.

  • DBG

    Just called MacWorld magazine , since I recently bought a two-year subscription. They told me the magazine is not closing…

    • davidrcalvert

      Just renewed digital subscription on Zino. Is the digital edition going away by too?

      • If it’s a ‘print replica’ digital edition then it does need a print product to be made first. So I seriously doubt it. Better start contacting Zinio.

    • Ed

      congrats you got 2 years of pcworld mag, plus members only section of macworld.com where you can see hot chicks taking selfies with their iPhone

  • DTM

    Haven’t had a magazine subscription in years – but I also stopped going to macworld.com with their insistence of automatically playing ads blasting through my speakers.

    People accept this?

    • A small thing if you’re an IDG ad manager, apparently. But an incredibly annoying thing for an end user.

  • Ed

    All print is dying. where i live you’d be hard pressed to find any type of newspaper machine

  • LisaOsta

    I just renewed my subscription for 2 years. I’ll have to call my CC company.

  • Steven Burgas

    Killed by its own subject matter.

  • WisdomSeed

    Damn. I used to love MacWorld and MacAddict. It is hard for monthly pubs to stay relevant with the internet constantly updating itself. Sigh.

  • Amoreena

    Pat McGovern is likely rolling over in his grave.

  • Peter Hillman

    I had been a subscriber of the magazine since 1990, but canceled a few years ago after they had fired their seasoned and experienced writers. The articles became poorly written and the entire magazine dumbed down in content. All of their reviews were pointless. They used to be in depth with tear-downs, and gave you a comprehensive and informative review. Lately, their reviews lacked any evidence of reviewing an actual product. They would copy and paste the specs from Apple, and always give it a 4.5 mice rating. They had legitimate flaws with OS X Lion, but gave it 4.5 out of 5. That made no sense. So they lost all credibility and I happily canceled my subscription. Too bad, it used to be a good publication back in the day.