Apple gadget ecosystem plants new roots  

February 2, 2009 - 0:0

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) -- As Macworld loses Apple, makers of accessories for iPhones, iPods and Macintosh computers are flocking to an ""iLounge"" that will make a Consumer Electronics Show debut next year.

The international gadget extravaganza held annually in Las Vegas has historically competed with the Macworld gathering held each January in San Francisco.
Apple and its celebrity chief executive Steve Jobs were main attractions at Macworld but the California company says it is no longer taking part in the event.
Jobs skipped his traditional keynote presentation at Macworld this month, citing health concerns.
CES organizers seized on Apple's change of heart and announced that next year the show will have an iLounge devoted to makers of accessories, software or gadgets for Apple's popular products.
Consumer Electronics Association officials initially allocated 4,000 square feet of space at the 2010 show for an iLounge, but said Thursday that demand prompted them to more than quadruple the figure to 18,000 square feet.
""We have received an incredible response from companies interested in exhibiting in the iLounge Pavilion at the 2010 International CES,"" said CEA vice president of events Karen Chupka.
""In fact, the original space allocated for the pavilion sold out in less than one week -- a CES show record.""
The 2010 International CES will take place in the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 7 through January 10.
Apple's decision to bow out of Macworld and the allure of debuting creations at the premier CES event is raising questions about the longevity of a San at which the firm was expected to unveil products as awe-inspiring and culture- Francisco gather that Macintosh lovers have long cherished.