GadgetLab: Macworld Expo 2011 Spotlights Sinbad, iOS Accessories

©IDG Communications, Inc. Photo contributed by Matthew Mikaelian., 1/25/11

2011 marks the second year that the annual Apple-centric trade show Macworld must go on without Apple.

The conference, which starts Wednesday, is smaller than it once was — and its biggest celebrity speaker is C-list comedian Sinbad — but it’s still alive and kicking. For app vendors, makers of iPhone and iPad accessories, and OS X software vendors, it’s still a good way to get in front of a crowd of eager Mac addicts.

After Apple announced that 2009 would be its final Macworld, 2010’s trade show saw major shrinkage. The exhibitor show floor was reduced from two halls into one at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. About 400 vendors exhibited in 2009, and that number dropped to about 250 in 2010. Major stalwarts from previous years, such as Adobe and Canon, will not be found on the show floor this year.

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