The Macworld Expo conference is no more

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Steve Jobs presenting at Macworld in 2008. Photo: Dan Farber/ Flickr CC
Steve Jobs presenting at Macworld in 2008. Photo: Dan Farber/ Flickr CC

Macworld Expo, the conference where Steve Jobs unveiled products like the original iPhone and MacBook Air, is no more. After closing Macworld magazine and laying off much of its staff, parent company IDG has announced that 2015’s Macworld/iWorld Expo has been cancelled.

The MacIT conference for enterprise professionals will still take place next year, but Macworld itself has been put on “hiatus.”

“We are announcing today that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus, and will not be taking place as planned in 2015,” said IDG World Expo in a statement. “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.”

Apple hasn’t officially attended Macworld Expo since 2009, but the conference has lived on and morphed over the years (albeit as a much smaller affair) into a show for Apple enthusiasts, developers, and accessory makers.

Here’s the rest of IDG’s statement:

“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.”

Source: Macworld