We kicked off the week with our yearly visit to Macworld, finding a slightly subdued show floor but plenty of excitement about Apple's final keynote address at the conference. Anticipation was high, with several new products expected to launch; instead, however, the only hardware news was a 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro
. No Mac mini update, no iPhone nano, no new iMac, and certainly no new iTouch tablet. Phil Schiller attempted to channel some Jobsian enthusiasm over iLife '09
and iWork '09
, which are certainly adept pieces of software, and the price changes for iTunes
could shake up the download world a little, but it wasn't the "going out with a bang" for Macworld that many expected.
After that, it was CES 2009
, and the SlashGear team decamped to Las Vegas to cover the best-known consumer electronics show on the calendar. The impact of the recession has certainly made its mark on CES, with what looked to be a lower attendee turnout and several booth cancellations. Headline gadgets were also fewer and further between, though there were still a few notable announcements.