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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 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
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.
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".
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.
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 :-)
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 ;)

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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