Macworld Expo 2009 begins today in San Francisco in the US, with previous shows unveiling the iPod, iPhone and iMac range of computers.
The exhibition has traditionally been a touchstone for Apple Mac fans – keynote presentations by Apple CEO Steve Jobs have historically generated massive amounts of media coverage.
This year promises to be different. Jobs has pulled out of opening the show citing ill health, and Apple has said that this will be the last Macworld Expo that it will attend.
So where does that leave the Mac faithful?
New iMac computers
Apple has shrouded each year’s show announcements in secrecy, and this year is no different. But, numerous websites are reporting on the products that Apple could reveal in its final year at the show.
Sites such as Macrumors.com reckon that Apple could reveal a new range of iMac desktop computers, and update its Mac Mini range of PCs. These are likely to get a graphics upgrade, more memory and more connections.
Also rumoured is the launch of an iPhone Nano – a smaller version of Apple’s popular iPhone with a smaller screen and lighter weight.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Apple could also show off the next version of its Mac OS X operating system – dubbed Snow Leopard – which Apple promises will be faster and take advantage of new graphics capabilities in its newer Macs.
Also rumoured for updates are Apple’s Cinema Displays that could be updated to newer LED technology, the introduction of an Apple home media server, and the launch of a touchscreen Apple tablet PC.
Apple’s iTunes could be ripe for an update. The world’s most popular digital store could move over to selling digital-rights management free songs that will play on most MP3 players – and also usher in new pricing. Rumours suggest that Apple could introduce a three-tiered pricing scheme that sees older songs priced differently from newer releases.
Which? will bring you the announcements from Macworld Expo 2009 as they happen.