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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 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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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
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.

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