MacRumors at Macworld Expo: Trip Report and Highlights

This was my first year attending Macworld as the "MacRumors guy." It was a great experience overall and I was also able to experience the Keynote in all its glory. I think this T-Shirt sums up the week best:

eatsleepmac

After a whirlwind week, we've put together this small report on the trip, and highlighted some other interesting products shown at Macworld. Obviously, the iPhone commanded the most attention from the event. Beyond that, the following products/companies are mentioned in this report, and may be of interest to readers:

- George by Chestnut Hill Sound - iPod speaker with a future
- Hookup Lanyard by Lenntek Coorporation - iPod + Cellphone integration
- Modbook by Axiotron - First tablet Mac
- Glance by Glance Networks - Screen sharing tool, now on Mac
- Toast 8 by Roxio - disc burning, now with Tivo2GoMacRumors at MacWorld San Francisco 2007

crowdlineMacRumors has had live-coverage of Macworld Keynotes for years now, and with the help of some very hard working site members, we've been able to steadily improve our system to withstand the massive traffic generated during a keynote event. This year, we incorporated near real-time photos into the keynote updates. With only minor glitches, we managed to rapidly deliver both text and photo updates to a record number of visitors. A full breakdown of the traffic statistics are available in a separate report.

Despite our sizeable audience, MacRumors.com is not recognized by MacworldExpo or Apple as an official media outlet, and so that meant we had to stand in line for the keynote, just like everybody else. By 5:30am the keynote line had already wrapped around one and a half city blocks and TV crews were there to cover the frenzy. To the regulars, the keynote line seemed much longer than in previous years. Indeed, it had been reported that Macworld pre-event registrations had grown 28% compared to just last year's event.

After the exciting keynote address, a few site updates, an interview, and various MWSF events, we finally managed to make our way to the Macworld Expo floor, and here are some of the highlights:

georgeGeorge from Chestnut Hill Sound

Chestnut Hill Sound introduced George, a new iPod speaker system. Another one? Well... yes, and no. Chestnut Hill Sound's tag line is "Products with a future". While George represents a high end product (at $549) in the iPod speaker market, it appears to distinguish itself and promises an upgradable future.

At first glance, George offers (yet) another iPod-dock speaker system, but also incorporates a detachable front panel which acts as an RF remote for the entire system. This remote (image) incorporates a scroll-wheel interface familiar to iPod users and full backlit graphical display to easily browse your playlist/library.

One interesting aspect is that George offers the possibility for future hardware and software updates. The details of the additional hardware modules were not yet available, but this, associated with a USB-connector (image) promises future upgrades to the entire system.

The system also includes an AM/FM radio, alarm clock, "brilliant sound" and comes in different styles (red image). More information is available at CHillSound.com

Hookup Lanyard angleLenntek Hookup Lanyard

Lenntek Coorporation introduced two new hands-free solutions for the iPod at Macworld San Francisco 2007. The one that caught my eye as well as being noted as an iLounge Best Of product was the Hookup Lanyard.

The Hookup Lanyard provides a lanyard attachment for the iPod Nano which appears to exactly match the new metallic iPod nanos. The bluetooth attachment connects to the bottom of your iPod and offers both headphones and necklace. The device pairs with your bluetooth cell phone in order to provide seemless cell phone answering while you are listening to your iPod.

No additional software or fireware is needed. Overall, the simplicity of the device was the great appeal. The product retails for $69.99. The company's website is at Lenntek

modbookAxiotron Modbook from OWC

The Axiotron Modbook (image) received a lot of hype in the week prior to Macworld, but the official release was a bit overshadowed by Apple's iPhone announcement.

The product was revealed at Macworld with fully functional demos at the Other World Computing booth. The Axiotron Modbook is a modified MacBook with a new 13.3" LCD, WACOM Digitizer, ForceGlass Screen, Digitizer Pen and optional GPS. The Axitron Modbook solution adds an $1100-$1200 premium over stock MacBook prices, but offers the only real tablet solution for the Mac. Complete solutions can be purchased from OWC with prices starting at $2199.

Overall, the product appears to be very well built, and while it does allow use of Mac OS X's Inkwell handwriting recognition, the actual practice of entering text appears somewhat awkward -- though my experience with it was very brief and limited. Readers may recall that Apple's handwriting technology is from Apple's now-discontinued Newton PDA. While the handwriting recognition itself remains good, the integration with Mac OS X (a desktop OS) is what may not be ideal. It seems the target audience for this tablet would be graphic designers or professionals who require standing/walking access to their Mac.

pressuremodbookThe WACOM screen appears to be very accurate, and offers 256 pressure levels, allowing pressure sensitive drawing (see image). The pen technology allows the user to "hover" the pen over the screen as the cursor is controlled, and resting your hand on the screen itself introduces no problems.

The product is available for pre-order now from MacSales and data sheet available at Axiotron.

Glance.net

Glance Networks announced the introduction of a Mac version of their Glance screen sharing tool at Macworld Expo. They offer a software application that now runs on the Mac that allows you to broadcast your computer screen live through their website. Guests simply log in through a Java web-based client on the Glance site. Simplicity appears to be the main appeal, with no special software required for guests. The service appears to be targeted at collaborative business meetings, creative review, product demos, slide presentations, and so on.

I can't honestly say I have much knowledge regarding this market, but as a new entry to the Mac market, it reflects important growth in the Mac community. Glance.net's service is $49/month and they offer a free trial.

tivoroxioRoxio Toast 8

Roxio launched the latest version of Toast at Macworld. Toast 8 introduces a number of new features to their disc burning software, but the one that has garnered the most attention was TivoToGo integration.

Mac users have been patiently waiting for an official method to take videos from their Tivos and transfer them to their DVDs and iPods.

Computerworld offers a first look at the software, which appears to be a simple and effective solution for Mac users with Tivos. Downloaded videos can be burnt to DVD, exported to iTunes and imported into your video iPod.

Toast 8 is available from Roxio for $79.99 after mail in rebate.

Buzz on the Macworld Floor

One of the most entertaining aspects of Macworld was the reactions and discussions from attendees regarding Apple's announcements.

The most interesting things are heard on the Macworld floor, including theories about why there was no word of Leopard during the keynote, and a general belief that iWork '07 and iLife '07 will be tied specifically to Leopard's release. Others believe that Apple was planning another media event "soon".

Unfortunately, none of these amount to much in the way of serious rumors, but they offer some hope for future announcements. Our offical rumor wrap up will be coming soon.

Top Stories

Top Stories 57 Feature

Top Stories: Apple Event Next Tuesday, Mini-LED iPad Pro, iPhone Rumors

Saturday April 17, 2021 6:00 am PDT by
It feels like we've been waiting forever for new Apple products, but the wait is almost over as Apple has announced a media event for next Tuesday, so make sure to tune into MacRumors for full coverage of everything Apple announces. While that was the big news this week, we also got some new details on Apple's iPhone plans for 2022 and 2023 courtesy of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and we also saw...
flat imac 3d 3 teal

Reliable Leaker Hints Redesigned Colorful iMac to Debut at 'Spring Loaded' Event

Saturday April 17, 2021 4:43 am PDT by
Reliable leaker known as l0vetodream has hinted that Apple may debut its rumored redesigned and colorful iMac at its "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday, April 20. In a tweet, the leaker posted an image of Apple's logo used for marketing the upcoming event and an image of the retro rainbow Apple logo alongside the colorful lineup of G3 iMacs. Apple leaker Jon Prosser previously reported that...
third gen Apple pencil leaked video

Video of Alleged Third-Generation Apple Pencil Leaks Ahead of Apple Event

Friday April 16, 2021 6:13 am PDT by
A video purporting to be of the third-generation Apple Pencil has today been shared online, showing a glossy finish that mirrors previous leaks. New ✏️ ready to 🚢 #AppleEvent @TommyBo50387266 pic.twitter.com/s4RCDwDi5M— 漢尼斯·拉斯納 🇨🇳 (@ileakeer) April 16, 2021 The brief video from Twitter account @ileakeer, spotted by 9to5Mac, shows an Apple Pencil with a glossy finish much like the...
important battery message iphone 11

Some iPhone 11 Users Seeing Increased Battery Health Percentages After iOS 14.5 Recalibration Process

Friday April 16, 2021 6:32 am PDT by
In the sixth beta of iOS 14.5, Apple introduced a recalibration process for the battery health reporting system on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max to address inaccurate battery health estimates for some users. Apple said this process might take a few weeks to be completed, and now that two weeks have passed since the sixth beta of iOS 14.5 was released, some users are...
duan rui iphone 12 13 notch

New Images Show Smaller iPhone 13 Notch Compared to iPhone 12

Saturday April 17, 2021 11:38 pm PDT by
Leaker known as "DuanRui" has shared more images that could give us our best look yet at Apple's redesigned notch for the iPhone 13. The new pictures follow similar images shared by the leaker last week, but the latest shots include a comparison with the existing iPhone 12 notch. DuanRui posted three images on Twitter that apparently originate from Weibo, although source details remain...
iphone 13 pro max cads eap

iPhone 13 Series CAD Leaks Reveal Larger Camera Dimensions

Friday April 16, 2021 1:53 am PDT by
Information and alleged CADs of the upcoming iPhone 13 series, shared in a video from EverythingApplePro, indicates that Apple plans to make this year's iPhone camera module significantly bigger, likely to make way for larger sensors and sensor-shift stabilization. According to the CADs shared in the video, the iPhone 13 mini, Pro, and Pro Max camera module will all be a "perfect square."...
maxresdefault

Hands-On With Anker's MagSafe-Compatible Battery Pack

Thursday April 15, 2021 9:39 am PDT by
Anker, a company known for its range of accessories designed for Apple products, recently came out with one of the first MagSafe-compatible battery packs, so we thought we'd check it out to see how it compares to a standard battery pack. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design wise, Anker's power bank looks like a typical battery pack, but it has magnets built in...
apple event spring loaded

Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Officially Announced for Tuesday, April 20

Tuesday April 13, 2021 9:04 am PDT by
Following an overnight leak by Siri, Apple today officially announced that it will be holding a special "Spring Loaded" event on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with all of Apple's 2020 events, the April 2021 event will be a digital-only gathering with no members of the media invited to attend in...
iphone 12 120hz thumbnail feature

LTPO Displays Supporting 120Hz Refresh Rates Again Rumored for iPhone 13 Pro Models

Friday April 16, 2021 10:01 am PDT by
The two higher-end "iPhone 13 Pro" models that are coming in 2021 are expected to use LTPO display technology to enable 120Hz refresh rates, according to display analyst Ross Young. Young reaffirmed the detail in a tweet that said he'd heard rumors about only one model featuring LTPO, which he says is inaccurate. Heard some rumors in the industry and media that there would only be one ...
apple music

Apple Music Tops Spotify With One Cent Paid Per Stream

Friday April 16, 2021 6:44 am PDT by
In a letter slated to be shared with artists today through the Apple Music for Artists dashboard, obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Apple has reportedly revealed that it pays music rights holders one cent per song streamed on Apple Music. The report claims that Apple Music's payment structure is thus roughly double what Spotify pays music rights holders per stream, which averages to about ...