Macworld|iWorld day 1: Four stages and a floor

Macworld|iWorld opened its doors today and, as promised, Peter and I were there to help kick it off. For my part I was thrilled to join Jason Snell of IDG, Christina Bonnington of Wired, Ben Bajarin of Techpinions, and Dan Moren of Macworld for the keynote panel, The State of Apple Technology. We talked about Apple being perpetually labeled as doomed, speculated about iWatches and Apple Televisions, and contemplated the future of the Mac, the iPhone, and the iPad. The highlight clip is up top but the full video should be available next week. Meanwhile...

Following that Don Melton, formerly of WebKit/Safari, and Matt Drance of Apple Outsider, joined me on the Macworld Live stage for Vector Live. We talked all about native vs. web apps, how they're evolving, how apps are increasingly blending the elements of both, how interface is moving with technologies like CarPlay, and then tried to figure out why Facebook wanted Occulus Rift so billion-dollar badly. We should have the audio for that in a day or so.

Next up was my first session, all about the Contextual Awakening and how networks and sensors are evolving to make our smartphones truly brilliant. (I wrote about some similar ideas back in December.)

Then I finished things off the Jason Snell, Dan Moren, and Roman Loyola back on the Macworld Live stage for their Clockwork podcast. We talked about wearables, projectables, Office for iPad, and more on Occulus. That's already been posted and you can check it out now on TechHive.

Peter spent his day conducting interviews from the show floor with the Macworld video team. Those should be available soon as well.

So, a fun, frenetic start to the event! If you managed to catch any of the shows let me know how you liked them, and what you'd like to see tomorrow!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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I was pretty stunned at how small the show is this year. I imagine having the stage next to the show floor would be awkward for the presenters.

Main stage is pretty far from the show floor, all the way across Moscone North. Second Stage and Macworld Live Stage are both in opposite front corners of the show floor.

They've almost always had at least one stage on the show floor to attract the crowds inside. Last year Macworld Live Stage was upstairs.

The video above was from Main Stage, so only the stress of a huge audience was awkward :)

I did 2 podcasts from the Macworld Live stage and neither were awkward. It was fun watching people walk by, hear what we were talking about, and sit down to watch more.

Interesting that you say "stunned". Why?

And as someone who has presented many times from those stages, if you know what you're doing, it's not awkward or distracting at all.

Stunned because the tech market is booming and Macworld took an extra 7 weeks to get more exhibitors when in the end they got less than half than last year (and those that did attend had a smaller presence). At this rate of shrinkage, Macworld may not exist in 3 years.

I know, I think the MacWorld shows/expos have peaked.... Maybe in the late 1990s or early 2000s they were exciting and cool? But Apple doesn't go to these anymore to present things and hasn't for several years, right? The pictures of these things look dead too--like a school play that only parents attend or something. (No offense, iMore, you guys are trying...)

Hard to disagree. Especially as the iLounge Pavilion at CES is twice as big in every respect as Macworld Expo. They've taken a lot of vendors away from IDG.

Sad to see a good show fade like this. But it's not a story you'll see any in the Mac Media talk about or discuss.