After two days of work and social activities behind the scenes and around the outskirts of Macworld in SF, Zorg and I made it onto the floor at the Expo Thursday today.
The Apple booth had on display both the new iMac Intel Core Duo and the MacBook Pro. They each look just like their predecessors, but are screamingly fast when running OS X 10.4.4. I can hardly wait to get home and try out the new iLife applications; the iLife '06 Family Pack I ordered Tuesday may make it home before we do.
The Expo was not, as I'd feared, dominated by iPods. It was solid Mac-related hardware and software, much of it from established vendors. The quality of the giveaways was higher than it has been in the past few years, though without the lavish excesses of the dotcom era. The overall impression was glossy (rather than glitzy).
We're staying at the Nikko, in a basic room that is quiet, comfortable and serene. Unfortunately, the Nikko's business center has a printer that doesn't relate well to a Mac, making it difficult to print out our boarding passes for tomorrow. (Boo. Hiss.) But the hotel's sushi bar is outstanding.
Zorg got some cool clothes and software; I got a leather iPod case. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to do any San Francisco shopping.