The SDK release announcement featured two gaming companies who had two developers work for two weeks on their product. The results were pretty impressive.
Now that developers have had a few months, they are bound to come up with some more very exciting applications. Is this a port of Quake 3 being played over a network on two iPod Touches? If so...wow!
Game developers not only have access to a great screen and user interface, graphics hardware acceleration, 8-32GB's of storage and 3 axis accelerometers - but also location data that is built into the SDK.
iPods can be used like a portable Wii (accelerometers) but it trumps other gaming platforms, portable and otherwise, because it is also location aware (reality-based gaming). Read Apple's patent filing for more interesting gaming information.
So, to review, Apple's iPhone is now a:
- Mobile Phone
- GPS/Mapping application
- Photo Album viewer
- MP3 Music Player
- Video Player (both YouTube and saved MP4s)
- Camera (room for improvement here)
- Alarm Clock/Stopwatch/World Clock
- Stocks and weather finder
- Email/Calendar/Addressbook (Enterprise too)
- Best Mobile Internet Browser
- Guitar/Drums/Piano (with hacks)
- Ebook reader (with hack)
- Internet Radio (with hack)
- Other crazy stuff
- (and now) Video Game platform
A true all-in-one device in a very svelte package, the only things Apple can't replace in your pockets are your wallet and keys...yet.
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