updated 02:25 pm EDT, Thu August 9, 2007
Games coming to iPhone?
It looks like iTunes is already setup to retrieve and transfer Apple-sanctioned games (presumably binaries and not Web apps) to the iPhone. DownloadSquad reports that, after digging through the iTunes localization strings, they found the following entry: "/* ===== iPhone Game Item Strings ===== */; "4329.001" = "Are you sure you want to remove the selected game from your iPhone?"; "4329.002" = "Are you sure you want to remove the selected games from your iPhone?";" These text entries seem to indicate that Apple will, at some point in the future, begin selling games designed for the iPhone through iTunes, which can then be readily synchronized to the device.
During the QuakeCon conference in Dallas, Texas last week, id Software co-founder and technical director John Carmack expressed interest in the iPhone as a gaming platform, saying that he has assigned members of the id Software team to investigate creating software for the platform, and recalled an argument with Steve Jobs over the closed nature of the device's development options.