All photos and English report by Chris Collins @ Focal Point Computer Inc. Japanese and opinion：hfo
Day 1 of the show and it’s actually packed with people. Except for the lack of the big Apple booth, it does feel like a normal Macworld. Mac enthusiasts do love getting together to talk shop and share stories and many have flocked to San Francisco to attend and get their Mac fix.
The size of the show floor this year encompasses about 70% of the North Hall’s capacity. Booths are positioned close to each other with narrow walkways in between so you get the illusion that there are just as many people here as at any previous Macworld. I heard that IDG said there are more people per square meter at this show than at previous Macworlds. And that’s true but it’s just because they are all compressed into a smaller space.
There are not many resellers here this year so many companies are selling products on their own. Mophie has a great advantage because they are selling Juice Packs at their booth and using their own product, the mophie marketplace, to swipe credit cards for payment. This is so much easier than renting a credit card machine and paying for a telephone line.
Today was a tough day for taking good clear photos of individual booths due to the large crowds. Especially crowded was the new Mobile Applications Showcase. In this section iPhone developers showed off their app creations. It was fun to meet the developers of some of my favorite apps.
There is an IDG sales office set up on the floor and they are taking applications for next year’s show. IDG won’t say who has applied and not many of the vendors I spoke with have applied yet. There is talk among some vendors to move over to CES next year.