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Macworld 2009, Registration Extended and What To Expect [U]

Macworld.com points out that Early Bird registration for the Macworld Conference & Expo has been extended by one week, and will now end on Monday, December 8th.

Registration for the annual conference began back in early September. Early bird registration, which has been extended until December 8th, gives attendees the opportunity to purchase tickets at discounted prices.

The Macworld Conference & Expo runs from January 6-9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Historically, this is Apple’s biggest and most important annual event. In 2007 CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPhone during his keynote presentation. And in 2008, Jobs unveiled the Macbook Air to the public.

Some notable packages include:
• $25 will get you an Expo Only badge that allows access onto the show floor
• $295 gets you one Market Symposium, access to the feature presentations, keynote access (based on availability), lunch, and access to the expo hall
• $995 gets you access to all of the MacIT Conference sessions, access to the feature presentations, keynote access (based on availability), on daily lunch (totaling 3), and access to the expo hall
• $1,695 gets you a Platinum Pass that includes; two Power Tools sessions, one Market Symposium, Various Users Conference and MacIT Conference sessions, access to feature presentations, keynote viewing, lunch, a party ticket and access to exhibit hall

Since Apple confirmed that no new products would be shipping before the holiday season, nearly everything can be rumored in regards to Macworld 2009. An anonymous tip MacBlogz received back on November 3rd claimed to know information regarding a 32GB iPhone. “That rumored red iPhone… It’s not happening. The only iPhone news I know for certain is that it’s getting bumped to 32GB in January,” the tipster explained. More 32GB iPhone and Verizon iPhone info can be found here, and here.

Additionally, reports came in that quad-core iMacs and Nehalem class Mac Pros would be around in January, and Snow Leopard would be shipping in the first quarter of 2009. The early January date set for Macworld makes it unlikely that either Snow Leopard or new iMacs will get released. Both products may get mentioned, with a release date set some time after the expo. If you’re planning on attending the Macworld 2009 Expo & Conference, hotel and travel accommodations can be found here.

Updates: MacRumors clarifies some more information regarding some of the rumors we’ve been hearing. Technically, the NAND flash availability for increased iPhone storage should be available in time. Additionally, back in early August, they were the first to hear rumblings of Cinema Displays showing up at Macworld 09.

MacRumors: “The reason the largest iPhone (16GB) currently has 1/2 the memory of the largest iPod touch (32GB) is that the iPhone can only house a single NAND Flash chip while the iPod touch can accommodate two. The additional space in the iPhone is taken up by its communication hardware. In August, Toshiba announced that they would begin mass production of higher density 32GB chips in the 4th quarter of 2008. These chips could presumably be used in future iPhone and iPod touch models. Another intriguing announcement came from Intel who has developed Flash chips that could increase this maximum to 64GB by early 2009.”

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14 Comments to “Macworld 2009, Registration Extended and What To Expect [U]

Rolls @ December 1st, 2008 at 6:00 pm
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$1,695 is pretty steep + travel arrangements and hotel accommodations. Could easily end up costing $5k.

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jojo22 @ December 1st, 2008 at 6:04 pm
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watch all the hype build up tremendously again and then we’re going to get some minor Snow Leopard announcements and maybe the iPhone storage bump. Maybe. But it will probably be below everyone’s ridiculously high expectations.

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TrustMe @ December 1st, 2008 at 7:11 pm
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I work with LED suppliers. The rest of the Cinema Displays are coming at Macworld ‘09 or soon there after.

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nicole @ December 2nd, 2008 at 6:53 am
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Ok, so, I might get thrashed for this. But, what I’m hearing so far is extremely believable. There’s nothing that’s out of line or extra “out there.” It seems like solid updates and storage boosts. This is normal in my opinion and everyone who’s expectations are way too high needs to realize what Apple really is.

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Eric @ December 2nd, 2008 at 8:41 am
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Anything about Apple TV at MacWorld?

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Aviv @ December 2nd, 2008 at 8:46 am
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@Eric: Nothing that I’ve heard yet. I have been trying to find anything out about it for the last month and a half, but I can’t really get any solid information. As usual, the second I find anything out (if at all), I’ll share it with you.

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cptplanet55 @ December 2nd, 2008 at 10:37 am
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OMG ! I can’t wait !!!!!!!!!!!! I’m buying a ticket this week.

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Gabriel @ December 2nd, 2008 at 9:11 pm
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@Eric:
I think that all apple will do is give the apple tvs a bigger hard drive since it is economically viable at this point to provide the apple tv with a 200 Gb drive or even a 320 GB drive at a steeper price, probably at 349 or around there. However, the Apple TV always did get released at Macworld every year so far, so i could count on seeing the apple tv getting a bigger hard drive(new idea, apple tv combined with an airport extreme station, like the time capsule).

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Partch @ December 3rd, 2008 at 3:22 pm
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I hear the death march for the Mac Mini…. :(

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alex @ December 3rd, 2008 at 8:07 pm
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verizon iphone?????????????????????????????

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rdi @ December 5th, 2008 at 9:47 am
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@Gabriel – ISTR apple tv uses IDE drives, not SATA, so capacity over 250G is unlikely.

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BC @ December 10th, 2008 at 9:35 am
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I’m hoping for a Verizon iPhone too, but seriously doubting it will happen due to exclusivity with AT&T.

I do hear a lot of people saying a CDMA/EVDO iPhone is not a possibility as it’s such a small market that is due to die in a few years (VZW to replace it with LTE). If that is true, then why was Verizon the carrier that Apple went to first? VZW will have over 80 million subscribers once the Alltell merger completes, CDMA phone would also open up the largest carriers in Japan and China. I’m sure Apple would love to sell the millions of CDMA iPhones that would be purchased (I’d buy one in a heartbeat!), and I’m sure the profit from it would be greater than the cost of adding a CDMA iPhone to the lineup.

Again, hoping, but doubting.

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Cerniuk @ December 6th, 2008 at 5:47 pm
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If predicting… A possible update to the Mac Mini with an AppleTV product merge. Buy config X and it is a computer. Buy config Y sand it is an AppleTV Pro with Blu-Ray, 500GB HD and the AppleTV interface.

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Mike @ December 8th, 2008 at 9:18 pm
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Apple is working on streaming live tv and media with the new appletv,… and will be announced at macworld 2009. That’s why slingbox have been forbidden to develope an app for the iphone. I’d sell my slingbox if the new appletv works like genius with my apple products. This is just my personal speculation by the way. I’m praying for rain. Hope it comes true.

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