The keynote has traditionally been the stage from which the company launches the products that make the most waves – from the original OS X operating system to the iPhone – and Jobs has always been at the center of it, with his own brand of "cannonball!" Prior to the announcement of his absence, the rumor mill was buzzing with speculation about what whizbang product Apple would drop. Now some are planning a silent protest. Others predict no Macworld splash at all.
But that hasn't stopped the speculators, forecasters, and rumor-mongers from doing what they do. Here, for what it's worth, is some of what's expected from Phil Schiller (give the guy a break, OK?) when he takes the stage at San Francisco's Moscone Center West: