Year's biggest consumer electronics show just a week away

If you have technolust no doubt you're planning to head to Las Vegas this weekend for the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the biggest event of its kind. Apple won't be there, but there will be a huge presence of Apple-related products. The iLounge pavillion featuring third-party Macintosh and iOS products will be 85,000 square feet. Of course, iPhone Life magazine will be at the center of the action, reporting this event via blog posts and videos. CES is a time when manufacturers try to create the most buzz for their latest innovative iOS products, so be sure to check our website starting on Monday, January 9.

So what can you expect at CES? Check out the preview on Cult of Mac. The show will likely have tablets trying to compete with the iPad and running the latest version of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich. (Seriously) There will likely be TVs with Siri-like controls. New ultra-high resolution TVs may also be on display, as well as new cameras, smarter cars, and more.

What about on the phone side of things? Macworld says that there will likely be phones on display with quad core chips. I hope they're right. Ramping up the processing capacity in smartphones means that we'll be able to do more things with them. They also predict OLED TVs, a ton of knockoffs of the MacBook Air, called ultrabooks, lots of Android devices, and higher resolution TVs. Engadget also has a preview, and predicts that smartphone cameras at CES will be up to 12 megapixels and higher.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.