The two parties began discussion on the matter yesterday. As a result, show organizers IDG World Expo released a statement last night confirming Apple will exhibit at Macworld Expo San Francisco in January 2003.
The statement reads: "Apple and IDG World Expo have confirmed that Apple will participate in Macworld Expo San Francisco in January 2003, with a presence on the show floor as well as a keynote presentation from Steve Jobs."
Last week, IDG World Expo announced its intent to move Macworld Expo New York back to Boston, its original home. When the plan was announced, Apple issued a statement, saying it disagreed with the move and will not go to Boston.
The future of Apple's east-coast exhibitions is hard to predict. The Boston Globe reports that Apple CEO Steve Jobs sees problems in future for Apple to deliver two world-class shows. The problems relate to expense and the difficulty of committing to deliver world-class products twice a year.
Responding to Apple's decision, IDG Expo president and CEO Charlie Greco said the east-coast shows would proceed with or without Apple. He also threatened to ban Apple from exhibiting at Macworld San Francisco.
Last night's statement continues: "IDG World Expo and Apple have also agreed to hold ongoing discussions about Apple's role in upcoming east-coast Macworld events.
"IDG World Expo will issue an update when more details become available."