Next week is the first big Apple show of the year, and it's also Apple's last Macworld appearance, and the first not to be keynoted by Steve Jobs since his triumphant return to the company he founded.

But while his Steveness may not be there, Dieter and I (and maybe some of our writers) will be, bringing you our usual coverage of the Schiller-note (how weird does that look?!) and the show floor.

And if you happen to be there as well, please make it a point to say hello. If you're curious what we're up to, you can follow us on Twitter: @backlon and @reneritchie, or email us via

(If our blogging schedule looks a little wonky next week, please forgive us in advance, we expect things may be a little hectic).

We look forward to seeing everyone there, and reporting back for everyone at home, especially if we get to see a new iPhone firmware or... hardware SKU?

Anyone care to make any predictions in advance?