“The same thing happened last year and I don’t think it had a huge impact,” TechCrunch co-editor Eric Eldon said in an e-mail. If anything, he said, Apple’s event last year brought more people into San Francisco.
“Anyone who does events wants zero competition, but having a big, relevant but non-competitive event down the street isn’t the worst thing,” Eldon said.
For its part, Intel thinks of its developer forum as more an industry and programmer event versus the more consumer-focused Apple event.
That said, Apple does have a way of shifting all attention its way. A great case in point was the introduction of the original iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007. Though the announcement was made far from the Consumer Electronics Show, the news overwhelmed everything that debuted in Vegas that year.