updated 08:45 pm EDT, Mon September 7, 2009
C64 iPhone app approved, iPod cameras uncertain
In Brief: The officially-licensed Commodore 64 iPhone app has finally been approved. Meanwhile, sources shed doubt on the widespread expectations that Apple is ready to release camera-equipped iPods at the media event scheduled this week. Israeli reports suggest Apple may be ready to launch the latest iPhone locally, as early as October 15th.
Manomio's official Commodore 64 app has successfully passed through the App Store approval process, after encountering trouble with the initial submission. The emulator is legally licensed through the current Commodore trademark owners. Users can experience original C64 graphics and SID sound, along with an auto-save feature and support for either landscape or portrait mode. Current games include Dragons Den, Le Mans, Jupiter Lander, Arctic Shipwreck and Jack Attack. Customers can purchase the C64 emulator from the App Store for $5. [via MacRumors.com]
Despite widespread rumors and leaked photos indicating that Apple is preparing to launch camera-equipped iPods at the upcoming September 9th media event, Apple Insider sources suggest the new functionality is less than certain. A source "with a strong track record" claims that Apple is still in the process of overcoming technical difficulties with the added functionality. Other reports suggest the company will still announce updated iPods with 3.2-megapixel cameras, matching the iPhone 3GS capabilities, even if the media players are unable to ship immediately following the unveiling.
The Israeli business publication Globes reports that Apple has worked with the country's antitrust authorities to ensure that a local iPhone introduction will not cause conflict with regulations. Sources claim the handset is tentatively scheduled to launch on October 15th, although the actual release date is expected to be delayed beyond the holidays. The largest three local carriers will allegedly sell the handset, unlike the single-carrier deals that Apple has established in the US and other countries.