Apple has confirmed it plans to participate in Macworld Expo San Francisco in 2003, despite the ongoing spat between itself and show organizers IDG World Expo.

The two parties are engaged in active discussion regarding the organizers intention to move the east-coast Macworld Expo from New York to Boston in 2003. Apple objects to the move.

Macworld Expo San Francisco takes place at the Moscone Centre from January 6 to 10. Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote speech on Tuesday, January 7 at 9am (5pm, UK time).

A second Apple keynote this year will feature Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. He will proffer a presentation on "The Power of X" on January 8 at 9.30am (5.30pm UK time).

"We'll be there, and we're fully committed to making Macworld San Francisco a great experience for everyone," said Jobs.

IDG World Expo president and CEO Charlie Greco said: "We're thrilled with Apple's enthusiastic support of Macworld San Francisco 2003, and look forward to another record-breaking crowd."