1. Apple is still the sun around which many products revolve

Apple didn’t exhibit here (though there were 250 of its staff on the visitor list) but the space devoted to companies making add-ons for the iPhone and iPad (the iPod is almost forgotten) doubled, taking half of one of the three halls. Everywhere you went, people were showing off iPad or iPhone docks or wielding Apple computers. From hi-fi to phone cases to in-car audio to security, Apple was the real company making consumer electronics happy.

Remember when MG Siegler was saying that “Apple wins CES. Before it starts. Without showing up.“?

Well, turns out he’s not the only one thinking this way.