I posted here yesterday that IDG was going to only give keynote access to Platinum Pass Macworld Attendees. 24 hours after registration opened and IDG has now gone back on that statement saying that it was a simple typo and keynote attendance will be exactly the same as they were in previous years.
How were they in previous years? Platinum and Super Pass attendees received priority seating to the keynote. Everyone who had a Users Conference badge or higher were given access to the keynote based on availability of seating which meant that you had to get there early. This year, Super pass is no more so the only guaranteed seating is Platinum Pass. Everyone else, you have to get there very early (like 2AM early) to have a great chance at getting a seat.
This is exactly what the Mac community wanted. We’ll all buy a Users Conference pass, line up at midnight and see Steve Jobs in all of his glory. Thanks IDG for listening to the community on this one. Whether it was a decision or just a typo, we don’t care as long as its easier to see Steve on Tuesday morning.
TaraW of IDG made this statement:
The keynote policy on our website yesterday was an error. Our policy is the same as in previous years. We have corrected the registration pages accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Paul Kent of IDG made a statement similar to this. It’s good that IDG clarified things for us. Now we can all go back to planning our trip to Macworld without any fear of missing the keynote. Thanks again IDG and thanks to my readers for helping to spread the word.