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Apple to push iPhone, iPod as gaming platform

updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri February 15, 2008

Apple push into gaming

Apple may be making a large push into the game industry, after several patents revolving around gaming were filed recently. According to European developers magazine Develop, the patents indicate that something big could be happening, considering Apple's history with gaming, from the unsuccessful Pippin Atmark to the iPod games that began in 2006. The patents mention toys, games, handheld devices, and LCD game machines, among others.

A senior development source close to Develop says for users "hold [their] breath for an announcement of an 'iGame' console just yet." The source also says that Apple is most likely just preparing to release another slew of iPod games, possibly including the Touch and iPhone.

Initially offering titles from Electronic Arts, PopCap, as well as titles developed by an internal games team, Apple is now hosting titles from Sega, Hudson Soft, Gameloft, Harmonix, Namco, and NaNaOn-Sha.

In an interview with Develop's sister Magazine, MCV, Sega of America COO Simon Jeffery praised the iTunes/iPod game system, saying the banking and payment system is "flawless". He also notes that the iPods, using OpenGL ES, are "powerful enough" to be viewed as a viable gaming platform.

With the impending release of the iPod touch and iPhone software developers kit, it is anticipated that many third party game developers will be able to implement games on the device, taking advantage of the coveted touchscreen.

by MacNN Staff



  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969




    CHICKEN & EGGS ? Not even a 4 year old would be interested in such c***..

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple and games...

    ...go together like pastrami and ice cream, or Rush Limbaugh and Al Gore, or Microsoft and innovation, or HD DVD and success...

    Apple has shunned games since the Pippen, having never get the bad taste out of their mouths.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The Apple of the time may have botched Pippin (if one can refer to something that should never have existed as botched)... but it's a whole new Apple now.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not impressed

    So we are going to see a bunch of tired bejewled type games that take advantage of the touch screen? What was that about a sow's ear???

    Nintendo and Sony have portable gaming wrapped up for the next gazillion years.

  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and Napster and Kazaa have downloadable music and videos sown up for the next....oh.

  1. Da Moof

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't you mean...

    A senior development source close to Develop says for users "hold [their] breath for an announcement of an 'iGame' console just yet."

    Don't you mean NOT TO hold [their] breath... ?

    Hope your readership isn't turning blue out there. That would be tragic.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Da Moof,

    Why let basic grammar get in the way of another poorly written maCNN article? *At least it contains no "TO" for "TOO", no "COULD OF" for Could've" ;-)

  1. DoctorGonzo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hey Apple

    Before you focus on your cute little handhelds, consider making laptops that can actually run really simple games like Civ 4.

  1. DCW

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: hey apple...

    Ironic that you mentioned Civ 4,as I hoped my brand new MacBook 2.2 could play it. It does exceed the specs on the Civ 4 site though...I'll see for myself when I buy it tomorrow...

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