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  (Source: Reuters)
The cancellation of Jobs starring spot stirs health rumors, but the move could be mere politics

With the immense popularity of Apple and its bastion of fans that border on fanatical at times, there often comes an over scrutinizing of the company's moves. 

In particular, over the past year there has been much speculation as to the state of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ health.  Jobs went through a very private battle with typically deadly pancreatic cancer several years ago and appeared to recover and be looking healthy the last couple years.  This year, however, some observers have opined that they think Jobs is looking sick and the disease may have reappeared and be worsening. 

In an ironic twist one newspaper even printed Jobs' obituary.  Apple has mostly refused to respond to these rumors, but when it has it has issued sharp denials that this is the case.

Given this background, when Mr. Jobs announced his decision to cancel his yearly keynote at the MacWorld trade show many jumped to the conclusion that the rumors were true and his illness was to blame.

Apple announced the development this week, revealing that Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will take Jobs' place and deliver the keynote at Macworld Expo in San Francisco on January 6th, 2009.  In the past Mr. Jobs had always been on hand, typically to introduce new products; last year he had introduced the MacBook Air at the trade show's keynote address.

However, the real reason of Mr. Jobs exit appears to be more politics than health.

Trade shows' significance in the market has waned noticeably this year, partially due to the tough economy.  The word from Apple came just after Adobe announced it would not be attending MacWorld anymore.  With Belkin, Seagate, and Google also pulling out or downsizing their appearances, the fate of the show, according to some is at risk.

Along with the announcement that Mr. Jobs would not be there comes even more surprising news, which seems to verify that the cancellation was politics -- Apple will not exhibit at MacWorld next year.  Apple cites an improved direct relationship with its customer through its website as negating the need for the show, stating:

Apple is reaching more people in more ways than ever before, so like many companies, trade shows have become a very minor part of how Apple reaches its customers. The increasing popularity of Apple's Retail Stores, which more than 3.5 million people visit every week, and the Apple.com website enable Apple to directly reach more than a hundred million customers around the world in innovative new ways.

By exiting MacWorld an independent show, Apple stands to gain a tighter control on its public platform, with control something Apple always yearns for.

Despite these turn of events MacWorld's organizer IDG says MacWorld 2010 is still on -- with or without Apple. It states that it "Look(s) forward to many successful years of Macworld to come." 



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Time to Recharge.
By mikefarinha on 12/17/2008 10:30:34 AM , Rating: 5
Job's RDF power seems to be fading... must be time to recharge!




RE: Time to Recharge.
By TheSpaniard on 12/17/2008 10:33:52 AM , Rating: 3
its true the Reality distortion field has begun fading in recent months, what with AV and the commercials in Europe, he must be sick, we can only hope he recovers, for himself as well as I like going back to hey look at that white box filled with mystery


RE: Time to Recharge.
By MonkeyPaw on 12/17/2008 10:47:29 AM , Rating: 4
Well, the momentum Apple has is fading. While they've launched some popular products lately, the high price + recession is going to start slowing things down. Apple constantly says that they don't want to compete at the low end, but if they hope to keep their presence, it's something they have to consider. The sad thing is, Apple has convinced customers they are a premium brand when ultimately the differences aren't great enough for that to be a reality. If Apple did offer a low end product, I think they'd actually shed a lot of the hating they receive, but I honestly think they enjoy being infamous--if only for the free press.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Pirks on 12/17/08, Rating: -1
RE: Time to Recharge.
By Pirks on 12/17/08, Rating: -1
RE: Time to Recharge.
By retrospooty on 12/18/2008 8:48:21 AM , Rating: 5
douchebag... that's my only comment to you.

If you can see why then I suggest you take along hard look at the real you.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Pirks on 12/18/08, Rating: 0
RE: Time to Recharge.
By retrospooty on 12/18/2008 4:25:25 PM , Rating: 4
I am taking absolutely no side here... I am just pointing out the way you act.

Try this, just for the sake of argument. Read the post that you responded to, then read your reply, and pretend you just got to this website and arent involved and don't know either of you.

You really come off like and angry douchebag. Thats all I am saying.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Pirks on 12/18/2008 5:47:03 PM , Rating: 1
Criticizing stupidity posted here by MonkeyPaw doesn't make anyone a douchebag, even you.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By retrospooty on 12/18/2008 6:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
"Criticizing stupidity posted here by MonkeyPaw doesn't make anyone a douchebag,"

No, your right, it doesnt.

You are not a douchebag for criticizing Monkeypaw - You are a douchebag for the way you act, having nothing at all to do with Monkeypaw. Seriously, read your own posts as if you dont know you, you will see what I mean.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Quiescent on 12/18/2008 7:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
Stop feeding the trolls. Their egos get a good feeding enough as it is.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Pirks on 12/18/2008 9:52:01 PM , Rating: 2
Bah, look who's talking, infamously dumb Apple basher Lady "I hate MBA even though I've never saw one" Quiescent is back!

retro, I act like this when I see stupidity posted. If people post stupidity you shouldn't blame me, you should blame them. Why should I act any different? Sure I can say "excuse me sir but you are dumb so please read this article" but does it change the matter? It does not, it's just a sugar coat on top of truth. Remove it and there's the bare truth underneath. I don't care about sugar coating, it's just takes time and effort to type all these "excuse me sir but...", I just go for the core of the matter and it's short and quick "MonkeyPaw you're dumb so read this article" and I expect others to reply the same. Let's do business quick, guys :)

Yeah, so bashing me won't help, retro. If you want me to shut up it's real easy - you just give me a worthy counterargument. A link to some research or an article that disproves me.

Calling names? Without arguments? Alright, we can continue entertaninig Lady "I hate MBA" here but what's the point?

If you don't have counter arguments to my post to MonkeyPaw, retro, then it does not make sense to post. I'm not gonna change my style, 'cause changing my style will change NOTHING. If I could change my style and MonkeyPaw and Quescent suddenly bacame smarter just because of that I WOULD HAVE DONE THAT A LONG TIME AGO.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By retrospooty on 12/18/2008 11:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
"I act like this when I see stupidity posted"

The problem is that your definition of stupid is anyone that doesn't care for Mac's

Its OK that some people dont like Mac's... In fact Apple recently and steadily growing to like 8% marketshare still means that more than 90% of people dont like Mac's, at least not enough to buy one. It doesnt mean they are all stupid. Let it go, and be less douchy =).

The truth is, 99% or more of computer users only need a computer to do email, browse the internet and use it for office apps - basic easy workload. Both PC and Mac are WAY more than enough computer for all of them. There really isn't any benefit to either platform for these users - except that in the business world, Mac is incompatible with most apps and networks - and in the consumer world they are too expensive for most people's needs. You dont need a high end computer to browse the web and get email - any old G4 mac or Pentium 3 PC would do the job easily. Let up on it, its been years, and you are stilll in every single apple article here flaming away at anyone and everyone that has a different opinion than you and doesn't worship at the altar of Jobs.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Pirks on 12/19/2008 4:52:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The problem is that your definition of stupid is anyone that doesn't care for Mac's
No, retro, the real problem is that MonkeyPaw does seem to care about Macs, otherwise he wouldn't post his stupid suggestions for Apple to start making cheap low end low quality machines.

Isn't that clear that people who don't care about Macs do NOT post suggestions to Apple? If MonkeyPaw did NOT care about Macs he would NOT have posted here his stupid "make cheap machines Apple" comments AT ALL.
quote:
It's OK that some people dont like Macs. It doesnt mean they are all stupid. Let it go, and be less douchy
Yeah, I know there are some people who don't like MB, Lexus, BMW and Infinity cars, and it looks like they are still stupid because of that. Because, if you think of it, SMART person would not dislike some product because it's too expensive and fancy. If there's say a nice big diamond in the jewelry store, and you pass by and say "oohh aahh this diamond is so expensive, so I HATE IT! I DISLIKE IT!" then what would I reply? Of course I'd reply "you're freakin dumb idiot, retro, 'cause smart people DO NOT DISLIKE THINGS BASED JUST ON PRICE OR PREMIUM STATUS".
quote:
99% or more of computer users only need a computer to do email, browse the internet and use it for office apps
Yeah, I agree, this is true indeed. But there is the rest of the market, this one percent who has extra money and wants something more fancy and slick and cool than your basement made junk PC (which is absolutely fine for vast majority of people, I agree). So when some dumb idiot like MonkeyPaw starts posting stuff like "woohoo why are you Apple guys don't do those cheapo plastic junk PCs, huh? we need those cheapo PCs because we are the Mighty Majority". So freakin what? You stay majority, that's all right, but why make yourself look stupid? Apple deliberately caters to minority with their Mac computer line, what's wrong with that? If they don't want to satisfy majority - THIS IS THEIR OWN CALL, and stupid remarks by people like MonkeyPaw only make them (MonkeyPaws, not Apple) look stupid.
quote:
you are stilll in every single apple article here flaming away at anyone and everyone that has a different opinion than you
That's a lie. I only flame the most dumb posters, and even not all of them. Have you seen me flaming braindamaged cases like PLAYSTATION THREE? No? Well, think about it then :-)
quote:
doesn't worship at the altar of Jobs
[patting sleek black top of my Alienware M17] well, retro, I'd slam this nice black and HEAVY Alienware into your mug but... I know you're just misunderstanding me and you look not that stupid, so I'll reserve my Alienware for more stupid and more pathologic cases like SavagePotato and Co ;)


RE: Time to Recharge.
By headbox on 12/17/08, Rating: 0
RE: Time to Recharge.
By Pirks on 12/17/08, Rating: 0
RE: Time to Recharge.
By Calin on 12/18/2008 3:41:19 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Those who love far outnumber those who hate.


The opposite of love is not hate.
The opposite of love is indifference.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By kelmon on 12/18/2008 9:43:56 AM , Rating: 3
That's a bummer. I guess I'll have to get that tattoo on my knuckles changed, plus grow some more fingers...


RE: Time to Recharge.
By alphadog on 12/22/2008 8:54:18 AM , Rating: 2
Whoa. Somebody call Webster. They got it totally wrong.

(BTW, indifference means lack of interest. That interest can be brought about by "love", or "hate", or a million other things.)


RE: Time to Recharge.
By amanojaku on 12/17/2008 11:59:01 AM , Rating: 5
A little clarification here... The RDF doesn't "fade" as it is similar to the electromagnetic field. In fact, the RDF, like the electromagnetic field, has its own quantum: the Appleon. It is a mass-less (has no substance) particle of infinite spin with a positive electric charge.

The reality distortion field is the recently discovered fifth fundamental force of nature. It has exceptional range (10^1 m) when compared to the weak and strong forces. It is self-propagating in a vacuum, but is slowed considerably when it encounters matter of substance. It is responsible for altering the intrinsic characteristics of certain particles (up quarks become down quarks, electrons become antielectrons, etc...)

Common indicators of the Appleon and the RDF include a sudden need buy sexy, but essentially mediocre, items at 10 times their worth and the subsequent desire to "discretely" show them off to everyone.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By theapparition on 12/17/2008 1:31:11 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
In fact, the RDF, like the electromagnetic field, has its own quantum: the Appleon. It is a mass-less (has no substance) particle of infinite spin with a positive electric charge.

And every particle must have its anti-particle, the Microsofton. This particle apparently only carries negative spin. While never actually verified, it's existance is postulated since every time MS comes out with a ground breaking fantastic product, you can be there will be negative "evil empire" spin somewhere.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Adonlude on 12/17/2008 4:26:12 PM , Rating: 3
Don't forget the most important particle of them all. Its mass is much much greater than the aformentioned particles and it carries no spin of its own. Instead it wholeheartedly eats up the spin put out by the other particles. It is constantly trying to attach itself to the newest products created by the joining of Appleons or Microsoftons. It never gets enough, it just wants more and more. This particle is also a slave to Moore's Law. It is called the Moron.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By makius on 12/18/2008 12:23:40 AM , Rating: 2
Haha, I knew there had to a logical explanation! Thank you for that, you just made my day.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By walk2k on 12/17/2008 12:32:48 PM , Rating: 5
Hmm... First Apple "Computer" changes their name to just "Apple", now they are pulling out of "Mac" World. Seems pretty obvious they intend stop production of Macintosh computers and become the just the company that makes iPods/Phones.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By kelmon on 12/17/2008 12:37:25 PM , Rating: 1
Hahahaha

You win the Intertubes for today.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Dreifort on 12/17/2008 1:53:33 PM , Rating: 2
Steve wasn't wearing his plasma cloak last week when he got attacked by Steve Ballmer.


RE: Time to Recharge.
By Belard on 12/17/2008 7:00:52 PM , Rating: 2
What he needs is one of them Flux Capacitors along with Mr. Fusion... Then they will be called the iFusion.


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