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Still plenty to see at Macworld 2012

The Macworld expo is not what it once was, but you wouldn't know it from the excitement from both vendors and Mac faithful who attended this year's show.

Jason Parker Senior Editor / Reviews - Software
Jason Parker has been at CNET for nearly 15 years. He is the senior editor in charge of iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.
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Macworld 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO--The Macworld expo isn't what it once was, but you wouldn't know it from the excitement of both vendors and Mac faithful attending this year's show.

The show started today at Moscone Center West here, and though Macworld no longer attracts the big crowds and big-name vendors it once did, I saw plenty of enthusiastic vendors and showgoers checking out the latest wares for Mac and other Apple products.

When Apple stopped presenting at Macworld in 2009, everyone wondered what would become of the show. As Apple's launching point for new products until 2009, Macworlds of the past often took up two giant rooms at Moscone Center and everyone involved with making Macs, iPhones, and the products that surround them would come for the event. Ever since Apple stopped showing at Macworld and making product announcements on its own, the show has lost some of its magic, but you wouldn't know that by talking to some of the vendors on the floor.

In this slideshow, I give you a taste of what it's like to walk around the floor from my perspective. I couldn't take pictures of everything, but hopefully it will give those who have never been an idea of what it's like to check out the yearly Macworld show in its current state.

A visit to the Macworld 2012 floor (photos)

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