RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
And on Mondays we talk about technology. Today we go to San Francisco, where fans of the Apple Mac, the iPod and the iPhone are gathering this week for the annual MacWorld Expo.
Cyrus Farivar has a look at what's in store.
CYRUS FARIVAR: At last year's MacWorld Expo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveil the iPhone. It changed the mobile phone industry by introducing one device that was a phone, movie player, music player, and allowed them to surf the Web.
So how will Apple top this astonishing feat? Well, it won't be as revolutionary. One possibility is that the company will release a low-power flash memory-based laptop. Flash memory has no moving parts and is lighter, faster and uses less power than standard hard drives.
Today it's in iPhones and all digital cameras, but it's more expensive per gigabyte too. So a flash laptop would cost more than a traditional one. To keep the price down, the laptop would have to be smaller in size and hold less data.
Jason Snell, editorial director of Macworld magazine, explains.
Mr. JASON SNELL (Macworld): You'd be trading off that size and sort of accepting that there's another computer in your life and that this is sort of your main computer sidekick, and you'd take it with you when you need to go on the road, but that you know you're always going to come back to the main computer, which is where you're keeping all of your stuff. So I think that's the scenario for a flash-based laptop.
FARIVAR: Apple CEO Steve Jobs is scheduled to give his annual keynote address tomorrow, where he will once again try to dazzle the crowd at MacWorld Expo.
For NPR News, I'm Cyrus Farivar, San Francisco.
MONTAGNE: China isn't so dazzled by Apple's iPhone, it seems. Apple and China's largest mobile phone company have called off plans to launch the iPhone there. A spokesperson for China Mobile only said her company has terminated talks with Apple, but did not say why. Experts had predicted that the two companies could end up in a standoff over issues like how to share revenues.
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