SAN FRANCISCO--At Macworld 2011, the first Macworld since the iPad was released and only the second to take place without a prominent Apple presence since the company decided to pull out of the event, some of the flare has been lost.
Moving to one of Moscone Center's smaller show floors, the tradeshow lacks the old sense of anticipation and excitement for product launches, and is instead more of a clearinghouse of look-alike Apple accessories.
The expo floor features aisle after aisle of similar products. If you're interested in iPad and iPhone cases, skins, and screen protectors, you'd be in heaven here.
Skin is in at Macworld, and along with graphic skins for phones, there are also many, many keyboard skins, showing shortcuts tailored to specific programs, like this skin, which shows Adobe Premiers keystrokes.
Music application and advanced hardware designed to work in conjunction with Apple products including iPhones and iPads are giving amateur musicians the tools they need to produce studio-quality recordings at home.