The network might be launching alongside iPhone OS 4, which is scheduled for a "summer" release, but could be after the initial launch. The announced features are:
- Friend Invites
- Achievements (point-based)
Unfortunately, iPhone OS 4 will not work across all iPhone SO devices.
iPhone OS 4 will work with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and the second- and third-generation iPod touch this summer, and with iPad in the fall. Not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009).
This has huge implications for iPhone gaming and a standardized social gaming network is something that I've wanted on the platform for a long time. The iPhone OS 4 SDK is available now to developers and will launch to consumers this summer. Other announced improvements include multitasking, an Apple-run advertising network, iBooks, folders and more.