Macworld expo will not take place in 2015

Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015 and the show is going on hiatus, IDG World Expo announced today:

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 [sic] 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.

Source: IDG World Expo

MacDailyNews Take: Back in February 2010 wrote:

Macworld 2010 is now a vestigial event. IDG is dragging around the corpse just like they did in New York and Boston. How long until IDG buries the poor, decaying thing this time?

Turns out the answer was four years, eight months, and 4 days.

When Apple still attended the event, those Steve Jobs’ keynote addresses certainly were magical days!

Related articles:
IDG shutters Macworld magazine, much of the editorial staff let go – September 10, 2014
Fruitless pseudo Macworld snoozefest begins in San Francisco – February 9, 2010
Macworld Expo exit opens new doors for Apple – January 08, 2009
Apple takes control by pulling out of Macworld Expo – January 02, 2009
Apple investors are better off without Macworld Expo – December 19, 2008
Apple Expo Paris cancelled for 2009 – December 17, 2008
CNBC: It’s Macworld Expo, not Steve Jobs, that’s on its last legs – December 16, 2008
Apple: This Macworld Expo will be our last; Schiller, not Jobs, to deliver last keynote – December 16, 2008
Apple confirms Apple Expo Paris pullout – June 03, 2008
Pseudo Macworld Expo Boston euthanized – September 16, 2005
Pseudo MacWorld Boston a snorefest – July 15, 2005
MacWorld Boston snoozefest: Apple, other major exhibitors won’t be there – June 12, 2004
Already wrecked pseudo Macworld backing out of Boston; wants to stay in NYC – August 08, 2003
Pseudo MacWorld NYC to be a snorefest – July 14, 2003
Baltimore Sun: no MacWorld NYC 2003; no Jobs keynote; 40% drop in exhibitors – April 03, 2003
MacWorld Tokyo cancelled – December 04, 2002
MacWorld Boston 2004 Fruitless – October 16, 2002


    1. Maybe a clever entrepreneur will unveil an “Online MacExpo.” It could be a new way of uniting a group of comitted personal and commercial users.

      Companies could set up their booths in their demo room or conference rooms and project it online.

      Then a new ‘OMExpo’ could coordinate the introductory speeches online followed by “visitors” being able to “dial in” to any company’s demo booth they wanted to see. They could ask questions of the people in the booth and receive online response and demos of the products.

  1. Yes, MDN, you are so smart and clairvoyant, but I – and I would guess a large number of the mature members of this forum – will mourn the passing of MacWorld. I attended my first in Boston in 1985, and it was a huge part of being in the Macintosh fraternity. It was, years before it became a marketing slogan, a terrific way to celebrate “thinking differently.” To the folks who produced this wonderful event, my deepest appreciation.

    1. I don’t know why you’re getting downvoted. I didn’t know MacWorld was still a thing, either. Certainly nothing sufficiently newsworthy happened at MacWorld the last few years, or we’d have seen posts about it on MDN.


  2. Count me as someone who will miss going each year. Since Apple pulled out, the conference changed radically, but in many ways it reverted back to what it was like in the early years. There was a lot of indie and small developer stuff that was hard to find elsewhere. I usually walked away buying a bag full of stuff.

    For what it’s worth CES has a mobile pavilion that is very similar to MacWorld, but obviously with a broader focus. If you liked the previous 4 MacWorlds, you might want to check out the mobile pavilion at CES.

  3. This is the only website I’ve seen that has consistently dissed the Apple-less Macworld events. Say what you want about IDG, these events continued to be a great gathering place for the faithful from around the world. It’s sad that something which is not officially “blessed” with Apple’s presence should receive such scorn here. Being a fan of the Mac and iOS should not require one to only follow Cupertino…

    1. You’re not the only one.

      I attended all the SF shows, although the last couple only because I lived near the south end of the CalTrain line, which solved the problem of parking and commute-time traffic.

      Now that we’ve moved to Minnesota, I won’t have to worry about missing anything interesting at the MacWorld (and there was always something to make the trip worthwhile).

  4. Ironic that there are numerically more Mac users today than ever before, yet Macworld has gone bust anyway. Print just can’t compete with the web (and MW Expo can’t compete with Apple “special events”).

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