For all intents and purposes, the Macworld/iWorld Expo — the publicly open Apple trade event held each spring — is no more. IDG, Macworld's publisher, announced this morning that the event was on hiatus, and that the show planned for 2015 in San Francisco would not take place.
Thus ends an era. First held in 1985, the Macworld Expo has been around for almost as long as there's been a Mac, and the exhibitors on display used to rival those at Apple's own events. (Indeed, the expo predates the Cupertino company's Worldwide Developers Conference, which first saw life back in 1990.)
Apple itself used to use the event to unveil new products, but after 2009 it ceased participation, preferring instead to unveil products at its own locations and, at times, on its own campus.
In the words of IDG's announcement, "The show saw a remarkable 30 year run that changed the technology industry, provided an important forum for Apple developers to bring new companies and products to market, delivered world class professional development to Apple product enthusiasts, and fostered the development of one of the most dynamic professional communities in the tech marketplace."
The announcement may also be symptomatic of troubles at Macworld itself, which recently ceased publication its print version and laid off several members of the editorial staff. The word "hiatus," of course, implies that event might make a comeback in future years, and so far IDG hasn't announced the cancellation of next year's MacIT Conference, an event catering to enterprise customers.