According to Fierce Wireless’ Sue Marek, this year’s CES is all about app developers. As she writes:

If you are an innovative application developer, you are definitely in the driver’s seat at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Everywhere I turn at CES, I encounter companies that are talking about the work they were doing to attract app developers to their platforms.

From Ford Motor Company launching its new developer program aimed at getting more apps for its Sync connected car system, to Verizon Communications announcing its “Powerful Answers” application contest, it seems nearly every company appears to be courting developers.

The heavy focus on mobile apps — which is only going to increase — highlights the importance of the other big topic at this year’s CES, which is the need to transition to all IP-based networks. Since data-intensive apps depend on fast, next-generation networks, you can’t really separate one from the other.