Apple Making Triumphant Return to Macworld in 2012?

According to sources for DigiTimes, Apple will be making a triumphant return to the Macworld Expo to unveil two new iPad models. The report claims that Apple will make an appearance at next year’s conference, which takes place from Jan 26th – 28th, 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, despite having not participated in Macworld for nearly three years.

Although Apple once played a significant role in the Macworld Expo, the Cupertino-based company announced that it would be withdrawing its participation in the event following the 2009 conference; as part of its overall strategies moving forward, Apple noted that it would focus on its retail stores, media events, and the Internet as better and more traditional outlets for its product launches and news.

The “iWorld” moniker was recently added to the Macworld Expo name to better reflect the show’s coverage of the iOS ecosystem. The Macworld Expo continues to attract crowds in the 25,000 range per year, but the return of a true Cupertino presence would certainly be very exciting and promising for the trade show. In the past, Apple has used the Macworld Expo as an opportunity to launch the iMac (1998), iTunes (2001), Safari (2003), Mac Mini and iPod shuffle (2005), iPhone (2007), and MacBook Air (2008).

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