Following today’s releasedate announcement of Game Center at today’s keynote, Apple has now placed a Game Center information page on its website to get you ready for Game Center. It does give some info on how you will be able to login, that once you are logged in you stay logged in even if you leave the app and you will be able to change your public nickname. The page doesn’t really reveal any new information, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you like Apple’s productpages and nice pictures.
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- Date: Sep 1,2010
During his press conference filled with announcements of new iPod and music-related products, Steve Jobs was joking about the fact that everyone is calling the iPod Touch “an iPhone without the phone”. A few seconds later, the CEO announced the new iPod Touch that is an iPhone 4, but without the phone in it. The iPod Touch has all the new features of the iPhone 4 including the gorgeous Retina display, a new camera on the back that shoots HD footage including HD video, a front camera that can be used for Face Time between iPods and iPhones. The only thing that looks different from the hardware side is the thickness of the device. The iPod Touch is still thinner than the iPhone 4, and it’s even thinner than the last generation iPod Touch. The new iPod Touch devices, available with 8 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, will be available next week. Here’s some pricing and release date information from Apple’s press release:
iPod is the world’s most popular family of digital music players with over a quarter billion sold. Apple’s new holiday lineup includes a brand new iPod shuffle® for just $49; the amazing new iPod nano® with Multi-Touch™ starting at just $149; the incredible new iPod touch with Retina display, Apple’s A4 chip, FaceTime, HD video recording and Game Center starting at just $229; and the iPod classic® in a 160GB model for $249.
Pricing & Availability
The new iPod touch will be available next week for a suggested price of $229 (US) for the 8GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod touch requires a Mac® with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS® X v10.5.8 or later and iTunes 10 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 10 or later. Existing second and third generation iPod touch users can update to iOS 4.1 free of charge on September 8 to enjoy new features including Game Center.
During his press conference, almighty Steve Jobs announced next week’s release of iOS 4.1 next week. This free firmware update for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will introduce a bunch of bug fixes and small features. The iOS 4.2 update that will come out in November will be a lot more cooler since this update will bring some exciting new features such as of course Apple’s Game Center.
Steve Jobs dedicated quite some time to Game Center, and showed off some nice features along with Mike Capps from Epic Games. They presented the game Project Sword (codename); a sword fighting game with astonishing graphics, an amazing framerate and a multiplayer mode. Game Center will be all about multiplayer games said mister Jobs. You’ll be able to challenge friends, create duel games and compare scores with other gamers.
It looks like Apple is going to start taking gaming really serious now. This Game Center should become what Xbox Live is to the Xbox 360; one of the most vital things that keeps the platform rocking. The point collecting should be a great method to keep gamers going and to create a community aspect. As of now, there aren’t really any other games that Apple announced as Game Center games, but we know that a lot of developers will implement Game Center features in their existing games and are about to develop new games that support Game Center.
Adage reports that Apple is currently running a huge ad campagin for iPod Touch gaming on Yahoo! Games. Similar to a Nintendo Wii campaign from a while ago, Apple is ‘breaking’ the site’s page. TBWA/Media Arts Lab created this unique ad campaign for Apple. The iPod Touch gaming action shown in the ad makes the whole site move along. Apple is doing more and more efforts to reach more iPod Touch gamers.
MacRumors is reporting that Apple is giving the opportunity to developers to give out up to 50 promotional compies of their iPhone and iPod Touch apps. With these codes, recipients can download a full copy of the application for free. This feature is currently only available for the US iTunes Store. This will allow developers to distribute review copies of their new games to sites like iPwnGames more efficiently.
A lot of developers were complaining about the review policy of the App Store, and today Apple has finally made a big improvement. Since today you can only review an App when you’ve actually purchased it. It’s no longer possible to go to an App and just review it even though you haven’t used it. Developers were seeing negative reviews of people who hadn’t even played an App. TUAW has more info on the new review policy:
The frequent result is as you might expect: 100 reviews kvetching about price by people who never even purchased the application. That isn’t fair to developers, and it isn’t fair to potential buyers.
During its “Let’s Rock” event earlier this week, Apple showed off a TV commercial for the new iPod Touch. The advertisement shows a number of games on “The funnest iPod ever” including Super Monkey Ball, Labyrinth, GTS World Racing, Cro-Mag Rally and many other cool titles.
At Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event Steve Jobs has announced a new iPod Nano and a redesign of the iPod Touch along with some other exciting new stuff. The second generation of the iPod Touch is thinner with a more slicker and curved design, a stainless steel back, a built-in speaker, an improved battery (36 hours for music, 6 hours for video), Genius playlist and integrated Nike+iPod support. For the 8GB version you pay $299, the 16GB costs $299 and the 32GB version costs $399.
And then there’s the new iPod Nano as well. It has a less grippy click-wheel, it’s faster and more responsive, it has an accelerometer, it looks nicer and it comes in a lot of different colors.
This friday we’ll be getting iPhone 2.1 firmware that has a few interesting new features. The battery life will be significantly better, you’ll experience less call drops, there’s a few bug fixes, Apps will crash less and you’ll be able to get backups faster to iTunes. There’s also iTunes 8 which features Genius playlists.
Steve Jobs announced that people have downloaded over 100 million applications from the App Store in just 60 days, and there are already 700 games available today. Phil Schiller, senior vice president of marketing, showed Real Soccer 2009, Need for Speed: Undercover and Spore Origins.
FingerGaming reports that EA’s Scrabble, which they showed off last week during a press demonstration, will only have a local Wi-Fi mode. When Electronic Arts announced the game for Apple’s iPhone many gamers hoped that this addictive board game would have an online multiplayer mode. According to EA it’s Apple’s fault that they can’t put an online mode in Scrabble because they haven’t made this ability yet. Because Apple doesn’t have the ability for online gaming yet developers are using other tools such as Neutron from Exit Games.
iPwnGames is off course the number 1 place to find out what new games are available in the App Store, but now there’s also an App that lets you know what new games are available in the App Store. GotApps allows you to create email alerts for certain keywords and categories, so you can simply create an alert for the games category and get an alert whenever a new game is out.
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