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Apple Unveils 'Game Center' iPhone Gaming Network

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As part of its developer preview for iPhone OS 4, Apple revealed "Game Center", a "social gaming network" for the iPhone , iPod Touch, and the recently released iPad.

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:

"until they get rid of the jailbreaking possibility you will never see proper encryption on the ..."
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iPad Review

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Apple's iPad is the company's new device: a multi-touch tablet, which currently runs iPhone OS 3.2, supporting all iPhone applications and its own iPad applications out of the box.

Critics, myself included, would have preferred a device that used a touch version of Apple's Mac OS X putting the iPad closer to a laptop than an iPhone. After using it, however, I'm no longer of this mind. Sure, multitasking support would be incredible (and is rumored to be in iPhone OS 4.0), but I can be patient. Read more »

"This notion of no OS to install/update is incorrect. The iPad does require a PC or Macintosh ..."
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Report: iPad Launch Games Revealed via Leak

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PadGadget did some digging through Apple's database and found references to several "HD" versions of some games, presumably set for release when the iPad is launched next week on April 3.

The games are: Read more »

"though screen size and aspect ratio do not determine whether a screen is hd or not. A 5", 4:3 ..."
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Apple Adds Gifting to iTunes App Store

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Apple now allows gifting for iPhone/iPod touch applications and games, MacRumors spotted--a change in iTunes that requires users to accept a new Terms of Service agreement when attempting to make a purchase.

Right-clicking on an application reveals a new option to "Gift This App", which will be sent via email to the recipient. Multiple copies of the app can be gifted at once to multiple recipients, but you will be billed for each email address listed. Read more »

"The App Store is like Steam - they've pretty much started from scratch and they ..."
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iPad Slightly Delayed, Pre-Orders Start March 16

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Originally slated to make their way to retail "in late March," the initial batch of iPads will now hit on April 3, maker Apple revealed today.

Pre-orders for the device and its 9.7" multi-touch display will kick off in Apple Retail Stores and the Apple Online Store next Friday, March 16. Read more »

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Nintendo CEO Says iPad Just 'Bigger iPod Touch,' Questions Practicality of 3D Gaming

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After speaking at length about Nintendo's own offerings and its various milestones this week, CEO Satoru Iwata turned his attention towards recent industry trends and events during a chat with The Associated Press.

On Apple's long-rumored and just-unveiled iPad, Iwata echoed the choir of the unimpressed, describing it as "a bigger iPod Touch" with "no surprises for me." Read more »

"Given Nintendo aren't talking about the DSi LL like it was some sort of mana from the heavens. ..."
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Apple iPad Tablet News and Discussion

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After years of rumors and speculation, Apple's long-awaited iPad is now official. It's half-an-inch thick and weighs one-and-a-half pounds with a 9.7-inch IPS display, described by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as "super high quality."

In all, there will be six models: 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), 64GB ($699), 16GB 3G ($629), 32GB 3G ($729), 65GB 3G ($829). The first batch will be available worldwide in sixty days (so late March) while the 3G models will start rolling out in ninety (late April). Read more »

"you fail to see how Apple operates. The 4:3 is why you *want* to be a stockholder. In six ..."
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EA Readying 'Popular and Fun' Kindle Games, Reportedly Working on New Apple Tablet

As rumors of Apple unveiling a new tablet device next week continue to swirl, The Wall Street Journal reports that video game colossus Electronic Arts is working with Apple "to show off the tablet's game capabilities."

Electronic Arts has already brought many major franchises to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices, including Tetris, Command & Conquer, Need for Speed, NBA Live, Madden NFL, Littlest Pet Shop, Charm Girls Club, FIFA, The Sims, Mass Effect, SimCity, Spore, Rock Band, Battleship, Connect 4, Monopoly and Tiger Woods PGA Tour. Read more »

"I'll have to patent my "Ritalin Dispenser" for the Apple Tablet right now :)"
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Ubisoft CEO Predicts More Apple Gaming Hardware

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Yves Guillemot, CEO of Assassin's Creed and Imagine: Party Babyz publisher Ubisoft, today revealed his belief that Apple will continue to expand into the console market.

"There's also a new entrant in the business...Apple, with the iPhone" he said in a conference call, according to Kotaku. "And we don't think they will stop there." Read more »

"He's smoking serious crack on Apple making a console. As long as Jobs is at the helm Apple will ..."
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Apple Rumored for Possible Electronic Arts Takeover; Analyst Calls Rumor 'Retarded'

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Following the hiring of several gaming industry executives, Apple has been rumored to be considering a takeover attempt on Electronic Arts--though one analyst isn't buying it.

Apple recently picked up former Xbox division director of strategy Richard Teversham, along with Bob Drebin, the designer of the Gamecube graphics processor. The hirings have fueled speculation that Apple is looking to make a move into the wider gaming industry, and specifically that it is currently eying Electronic Arts. Read more »

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Rumor: iPhone Getting Official Gamepad [Updated]

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Update: iPhone amateur development site ModMyiFone has received word from Belkin that the JoyPod is not a real product.

Original Story:Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch may be getting a gamepad and official support for it, if a purported accessory leak is to be believed. A supposed information sheet from accessory maker Belkin on TouchArcade added to a handful of claimed gamepad accessories for the iPhone. Read more »

"same here. its not like every new product being put out is meant to beat out another product, ..."
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Free iPhone Tetris Clone Pressured Off iTunes by Apple, Tetris Company

Independent developer Noah Witherspoon has revealed that his free Tetris-esque iPhone puzzler Tris will be removed from the iTunes App Store this Wednesday, following a strongly worded letter from Apple sent on behalf of The Tetris Company.

The Tetris Company, which owns and licenses the Tetris property, accused Witherspoon of violating its copyright. Witherspoon added that Apple was poised to "take action" if he did not resolve the "dispute" of his own accord. Read more »

"there is a different element about the game, it has a pretty good control scheme, innovation in ..."
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iPhone Games, $200 iPhone Revealed

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Update 8: The 8GB iPhone 3G will sell for $200. There will be a 16GB model for $300, which will also be available in white.

The 3G iPhone will debut in 22 countries July 11. It is likely that the App Store and iPhone 2.0 software will appear on that day, as an early July release was teased, though Apple has yet to specify an exact date.

Update 7: The company has revealed the iPhone 3G, which, compared to the original iPhone, is thinner, has 3G and GPS support plus a plastic back. No word yet on pricing or a possible price drop for the standard iPhone. Read more »

"yeah but apparently the 32 gig touches use 2 16 gig chips because of the extra space in the unit ..."
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Forbes: iPhone 'Could Kill Nintendo DS'

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The touch screen interface and motion-sensitive features of Apple's iPhone could wrestle dominance of the handheld gaming market away from the Nintendo DS, Forbes writer Brian Caulfield suggested in a recent editorial.

"Apple is the first to master a pair of tricks that have made Nintendo's latest products so compelling—a touch-screen interface and the ability to pick up on motion," Caulfield wrote. "Apple has crammed both capabilities into its iPhone and iPod Touch." Read more »

"Forbes:We're still relevant in the 21st century! No really, we are. Please believe us."
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