Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro says his organization hopes to capitalize on a decision by Apple to withdraw from Macworld Confrence and Expo in San Francisco Jan. 5-9, an Apple-themed technology show that competes with the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from Jan. 8-11.
Shapiro, whose organization runs CES, says he expects Macworld to lose some of the momentum it has been gaining because of strong iPod, iPhone and Macbook sales.
Apple founder Steve Jobs has already canceled plans to speak at the 2009 Macworld. Apple has also announced plans to withdraw from all trade shows, meaning it won’t participate in 2010 Macworld.
"Every time Apple has pulled out of one of those shows, the show has gone away the next year," Shapiro said Wednesday.
That could be an opportunity for CES to attract Macworld exhibitors to CES.