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A magazine cover with a large headline reading "Panther Secrets" and a photo of a computer
The April 2004 issue of Macworld
Editor-in-chiefJon Phillips
CategoriesComputing / Mac
First issueFebruary 1984; 39 years ago (1984-02)
Final issueNovember 2014 (2014-11) (print)
CompanyMac Publishing (IDG)
  • United States (0741-8647)
  • United Kingdom (1356-9503)
  • Australia (2200-2375)
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • Indonesia
  • Netherlands

Macworld is a digital magazine and website dedicated to products and software of Apple Inc., published by Foundry, a subsidiary of IDG Inc. It started life as a print magazine in 1984 and had the largest audited circulation (both total and newsstand) of Macintosh-focused magazines in North America, more than double its nearest competitor, MacLife (formerly MacAddict). Macworld was founded by David Bunnell and Cheryl Woodard (publishers) and Andrew Fluegelman (editor). It was the oldest Macintosh magazine still in publication, until September 10, 2014, when IDG, its parent company, announced it was discontinuing the print edition and laid off most of the staff, while continuing an online version.[1]

History of Macworld[edit]

In 1997, the publication was renamed Macworld, incorporating MacUser (a name reflected subtly on the magazine's Table of Contents page) to reflect the consolidation of the Ziff-Davis-owned MacUser magazine into the International Data Group-owned Macworld within the new Mac Publishing joint venture between the two publishers.[2] In 1999, the combined company also purchased the online publication MacCentral Online, because Macworld didn't have a powerful online news component at the time. In late 2001 International Data Group (IDG) bought out Ziff-Davis' share of Mac Publishing, making it a wholly owned subsidiary of IDG.

The magazine was published in many countries, either by other IDG subsidiaries or by outside publishers who have licensed the brand name and its content. These editions included Australia, Germany (1990-2015 Macwelt), Italy, Spain, Sweden (MacWorld), Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Indonesia. Its content was also incorporated into a number of other IDG publications. In France, IDG bought Golden magazine, released in 1991, renamed it into Macworld France in 1996.[3] Two years later, it has been merged with Univers Mac and renamed Univers Macworld.[4] Publication ended probably in 2004.[5]

At one time, the magazine's publisher licensed its name to another IDG subsidiary, IDG World Expo, for the Macworld Conference & Expo (later Macworld/iWorld), which took place every January at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Macworld has also published in Indonesia by Megindo Tunggal Sejahtera, between 2008 until December 2011.


The Macworld Podcast is a weekly podcast published by Macworld. The Macworld Podcast began life on April 26, 2005 as the "Geek Factor Podcast," hosted by Cyrus Farivar, but was upgraded into the official "Macworld Podcast" with its fifth installment in August 2005. It was hosted at various times by Chris Breen, Philip Michaels, Serenity Caldwell, Glenn Fleishman, and Susie Ochs. Following a hiatus in 2017, today the Macworld Podcast is manned by Michael Simon, Roman Loyola and Jason Cross.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yu, Roger (10 September 2014). "Macworld shuts down print product, lays off staff". USA Today.
  2. ^ Macworld Staff (4 August 1997). "IDG and Ziff to Merge Mac Publications". PC World. PCWorld Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  3. ^ Golden, in:
  4. ^ Macworld France, in:
  5. ^

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