Traditionally, one of the first things I do at Macworld/iWorld is find the banner that announces next year’s event. It’s good to know a.) the dates, and b.) that it will even happen. This year, we noticed something odd. See those dates up there? That’s a Saturday through Monday. In 2014, Macworld/iWorld will be a weekend event.
This information may have already been released and I just missed it, as it seems that should be a bigger thing. It definitely shifts the focus towards users who would otherwise only have access to Saturday with the current Thursday through Saturday schedule; the American workforce and students can now spend two days at the show! All the more time to grab free t-shirts and Flash drives!
Exhibitors will certainly be giving up their weekend, but they pretty much already are since Sunday is still killed off as the travel home day. At least now they won’t have to worry about getting up to head back into the office on Monday morning.
It could be that there’s nothing more to this than availability. Macworld/iWorld is contained in Moscone West, leaving Moscone South/North to larger events. It’s possible that West has already been booked, or that whatever goes on in North/South is expanding (that laser optic thing?) to take all of Moscone. People do love their lasers these days. We’ll see.
For now, the big issue is that Macworld/iWorld 2014 is centered overtop of Super Bowl XLVIII, and I fully expect my Seattle Seahawks to be part of that. I’ll just have to schedule my appointments for earlier in the day.
But hey, that’s a year off, and we’ve still got Macworld/iWorld 2013 to worry about. Be sure to check back with AppleTell as we launch our coverage of the event.
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