Apple is gearing-up for the Macworld Conference and Expo, 2001.

The event will be held in San Francisco, from January 9-12, at the Moscone Convention Centre in West Coast San Francisco.

Organizers are already taking registrations – and over 500 exhibitors have already signed up to attend what has become the West Coast's largest IT event.

The conference will feature 14 full-day workshops, with a pro-conference program featuring sessions on networking, digital video, professional publishing and Mac OS X. The users’ conference program will feature 70 sessions, covering a huge variety of topics.

Last year's conference opened with a keynote speech by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. Apple has not announced if its charismatic leader will appear at the 2001 event.

If show-goers pre-register online by December 11 they will receive a free exhibits-only pass, or can save up to $100 on the price of a conference package.