It also follows that Jobs and Apple need to be more forthcoming about his health issues as they develop. Sure, that's an invasion of his privacy, but as CEO of a public company whose stock price is tied to his presence, that right takes a backseat to the interests of his investors and employees.
I think that's a mistake. Although mega trade shows are much less useful than they were 10 years ago (does anyone miss Comdex?), Apple's ecosystem of smaller developers needs a major venue.
The show could go on without Apple (and its organizers say it will) but Macworld Expo without Apple is like a circus without the trapeze artists; it won't fly for long. Without it, developers will have a much tougher time getting the kind of exposure needed to build volume for their products. Sure, there are other venues, but none has the heft and cachet of Macworld Expo.
Ultimately, that hurts Apple.
In any case, the technology game has changed immensely in the last 10 years. With or without Steve Jobs, Apple will continue to be the most innovative computer company around.
(Two disclosures: A division of InfoWorld's parent company IDG runs Macworld Expo, and I own a small number of shares in Apple.)
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