Macworld Australia to close after more than 30 years

The Australian edition of Macworld will close down effective immediately after 33 years.

Macworld Australia – which was dedicated to Apple products and software – was published by Melbourne-based Niche Media and first launched in 1985, making it the longest-running Apple magazine outside of the US.

Macworld Australia has been running for 33 years

An online edition includes Apple-related international and local news, blogs, help guides and reviews. The website is supported by an e-newsletter which is distributed twice weekly and a monthly print and digital magazine.

In 2014, Macworld reported reach to over 9,000 online subscribers, and 18,750 copies of its print edition. It estimated a potential audience of 60,0000.

The closure comes almost a year after editor Anthony Caruana flagged the title was struggling, citing “advertising support” was leading to delays in schedule.

In a note this evening, Caruana, who joined Macworld in 2004, wrote: “Over the last 14 years, I’ve been able to write about the things that I love the most when it comes to technology – the tools that connect people and make our lives more interesting.

The note, sent to readers this evening

“It’s been a great ride. But, like all things, it’s come to an end. Consumer technology magazines across the world continue to struggle for revenue. Much of Macworld Australia’s audience is, what some may call, quite mature and while many of you are fans of print magazines, the economics of delivering a regular print issue are simply too hard,” he said.

“Rather than lament, I’d prefer to be positive. It’s been a great privilege to write for you all. I have greatly enjoyed receiving your many emails each week. There are times when the sheer number makes it impossible for me to reply personally to every one, but I do read them – even the ones that point out when I make a spelling error! I’ve had the opportunity to try out the latest tech in the world and, without fear or favour, been honest when relaying my experiences.”

Caruana said he will continue writing for Lifehacker Australia as well as PC and Tech Authority and He thanked Niche Media and the team for keeping Macworld running as long as possible.

“But, most of all, I want to thank you – the readers,” he added.

“Our focus has always been on delivering content that matters to you and I think we’ve done a pretty good job in the three-plus decades since the magazine first started back in 1985. And while the names of the magazine, editors at the helm and contributors have changed, serving you has been a constant.”

Niche Media’s other titles include MezzaNine, Inside, Australian Design Review and Marketing.


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