MacWorld, the first ever Apple-related conference we attended in 2013, is sadly no more after a brief announcement earlier today from IDG. According to the official website, MacWorld is currently on hiatus and will not take place next year in San Francisco. As for the MacIT portion though, it will still live on with details to be announced “in the coming weeks”. Despite this loss, it doesn’t come entirely as a surprise, the MacWorld magazine shut down earlier this year after 30 years of being in print. Here’s the rest of the statement from IDG:
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.
Looking towards the future, we hope to see the MacWorld Expo revived at some point and wish the best of luck to all of their staff.