Because of last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Apple Computer has canceled its Apple Expo 2001, scheduled for Sept. 26-30 in Paris.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs had been slated to give the opening keynote speech on Sept. 26. "We're canceling Apple Expo in the wake of last week's devastating and tragic events," Jobs said in a statement. "We're sorry to disappoint our users and developers, but their safety is our primary concern."
The Cupertino-based computer maker didn't plan any hardware product introductions at the Paris expo. Instead, Jobs planned to tout Mac OS X 10.1--the first major upgrade of Apple's Unix-based operating system, due out this month--and Apple's new iDVD 2 software. On the hardware front, Apple late last month began shipping an 800MHz dual-processor PowerMac G4, part of its new Quicksilver desktop line.
Another key Macintosh event, Seybold San Francisco 2001, is still going ahead as planned next week, according to Gene Gable, president of Seybold Seminars. The digital publishing and media conference, held by Los Angeles-based Key3Media Group, is scheduled for Sept. 24-28 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
"We at Key3Media Group and Seybold Seminars are deeply saddened by the recent events, and our sympathy goes out to everyone touched by these tragedies," Gable said in a statement. "We believe that the proper response from the Seybold community is to once again demonstrate the vitality of our industry and the contribution it makes to the global economy. Accordingly, we are enthusiastically moving ahead with plans for our event."
On Sept. 25, Jobs is scheduled to deliver an introduction via satellite for a keynote by Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide product marketing. Other planned Seybold San Francisco speakers include Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of Adobe Systems; Jurgen Kurz, vice president of product management at Quark; John Van Siclen, senior vice president and COO at Interwoven; Stephanie Acker-Moy, general manager of HP.com and information management operations at Hewlett-Packard; and Dick Brass, vice president of technology development at Microsoft.