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Several media sources related to gaming, including IGN and Kotaku, have received invitations to Apple's media event scheduled for next week. According to IGN, representatives of several game makers have also been invited to the event. While the invitations suggest that gaming may be at least something of a focus at the event, it remains unclear it might be related to Apple's tablet device or simply iPhone OS 4.0, both of which are rumored to be topics of conversation.
Consider these few additional tantalizing hints about the event, though. Myself and another iPhone games writer received invites for this event today, as did contacts at a handful of iPhone game makers. Why would Apple want us collected at this event if there was not some game-related news on the horizon?
While gaming offerings for the tablet would certainly not be a surprise, the question remains whether Apple could look to position the tablet as a gaming device. Although the device's large screen could offer some distinct advantages over traditional handheld gaming systems and the company's own iPhone and iPod touch as has been demonstrated in the past, its expected relatively high price would likely make it difficult to position the tablet solely for gaming.

On the other hand, if iPhone OS 4.0 is in fact scheduled for an introduction at the event, the presence of gaming industry representatives may be less of a surprise. Gaming has played an important role in the success of the iPhone and iPod touch, and demonstrations from game developers have figured prominently in many of Apple's iPhone OS presentations. So while gaming appears to have garnered a greater importance to Apple when drawing up its guest list this time around, we still must wait until next week to discover whether Apple has some major gaming news up its sleeve or if it is simply acknowledging the important role gaming already plays in the iPhone ecosystem.


Article Link: Gaming Industry Invited to Apple Media Event
 

QEII Student IT

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I hope that Apple recognise that their iPod touch/iPhone gaming success will most likely be shared by a tablet device. Point and click gaming or motion (via accelerometer) controlled gaming is better than sitting button-pushing.
 

The Phazer

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It could potentially be there because they're going to anounce an attachable thumbstick/button attachment for gaming to the iPhone...

Heck, just OS level API support for other people's via the dock would be sufficient....

We'll soon see.

Phazer
 

jaw04005

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If Apple plans on spending 40 minutes of their keynote on gaming demos from EA, Ubisoft, etc again (like the 3.0 SDK preview event and WWDC ’09), I think I’ll skip the live coverage.

Boring.
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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If Apple plans on spending 40 minutes of their keynote on gaming demos from EA, Ubisoft, etc again (like the 3.0 SDK preview event and WWDC ’09), I think I’ll skip the live coverage.

Boring.
Sign me up.

Also, I'm considering getting an iPod Touch this time around if they decide to upgrade them beyond just the capacity.
 

Dayv

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Myself [...] received invites for this event today, as did contacts at a handful of iPhone game makers.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a professional writer.
 

depaulsunny

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Why is nobody considering the earlier rumors of an apple gaming device possibly in-built into a new apple tv??
 

Felder71

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I hope that Apple recognise that their iPod touch/iPhone gaming success will most likely be shared by a tablet device. Point and click gaming or motion (via accelerometer) controlled gaming is better than sitting button-pushing.

Except that a tablet is going to cost, at a bare minimum, $500 and that's a much higher barrier than the iPod, which parents are buying for their kids at only $200 or so.
 

iOrlando

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maybe I missed it, but I would obviously need to know one fact, were these people invited in the past to iphone/apple meetings?

If they weren't, that is pretty important. If they were invited to iphone meetings etc, then this is no news.
 

QEII Student IT

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Nov 25, 2009
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Man Apple is SERIOUSLY going to REGULATE this year!!! I am SOOO EXCITED for the iSlate! :D :cool:

Well, I would say they dominated since Windows Vista's launch date.

If Apple brings out a tablet, everyone will, like with MP3 Players and Smartphones. HP and Dell have already taken interest in making one.

Apple will take Tablets from the bottom of the computer heirachy, to the top. And simultaneously send netbooks plummeting.
 

MacFly123

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Well, I would say they dominated since Windows Vista's launch date.

If Apple brings out a tablet, everyone will, like with MP3 Players and Smartphones. HP and Dell have already taken interest in making one.

Apple will take Tablets from the bottom of the computer heirachy, to the top. And simultaneously send netbooks plummeting.

I would say the real transition was when they switched to Intel! They really are an amazing company!

Read this article:

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...les_tablet_a_history_of_tablet_computing.html

It is really interesting. Basically, the tablet is what "personal computing" was always imagined to be, but has never been successful. People don't even realize, that Apple being successful with iSlate will LITERALLY be Apple reversing the entire history of personal computing to its original intentions in a sense! And all of it is possible because of this MASSIVE and TOTALLY COMPREHENSIVE product strategy and ecosystem that Steve Jobs has put in place piece by piece for decades! It is really incredible! The ability to do this all centered around culture and art/media with such a clear vision really gives me respect and admiration for Steve Jobs. Yes I know the man is a bit odd and not perfect, but there really is nobody else like him. He is very unique. More than I could EVER say for Bill Gates and others! :rolleyes: That is why I like Apple, even though they are not perfect as no company is!
 

MacFly123

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Why is nobody considering the earlier rumors of an apple gaming device possibly in-built into a new apple tv??

I think Apple will finally update the hardware this year and integrate with the iSlate! :eek: Anyone agree?

What they REALLY need to do, is release an SDK and the App Store for it as well this year! If they do not, they will REALLY be dropping the ball. They should have done it last year! Lets hope for the best! :eek:

Sorry, double post.
 

G58

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Mar 20, 2008
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Beat me to it!

NO DUH! how could someone even write this?! NO ONE ever suggested that an Apple tablet would be "solely" for gaming!

scoobydoo, you beat me to it!

Although I've read and heard this sort of dumb comment from strictly non tech commentators on national news items, it looks really absurd here doesn't it?

I suppose there must be a word for this style of commentary: debunking an outcome that was never likely, but it has to be the height of laziness, born of ignorance.

Apple's announcement on the 27th will very likely follow the theme used to announce the iPhone, when Steve said:

"Well today, we're introducing THREE revolutionary new products. The first one is a widescreen ipod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary new mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough internet communications device... An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator. An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator.... these are NOT three separate devices!"

I thought it was worth revisiting that wonderful moment of theatre. My guess is Steve probably feels the same.

Here's an 'exclusive preview' from next week:

"Well today, we're introducing THREE revolutionary new products. The first one is a widescreen internet communications device with touch controls. The second is an intuitive new book reader - with a color screen! And the third is a new games platform. A widescreen internet communications device with touch controls, an intuitive new book reader - with a color screen! and a new games platform... these are NOT three separate devices!"

"And one more thing: It plays music and movies too!":apple:
 

mattgoldey

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Jan 19, 2010
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My wish...

is just for a CPU/GPU update on the MacBook Pro. I want to order one soon, but I'd hate to order it and then have them update the CPU & GPU just after I place my order. :)
 

Lesser Evets

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Jan 7, 2006
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Apple has mentioned or been mentioned having serious intentions when it comes to portable gaming. Those lil' app games have made some serious dough, as Apple stumbled across the market in the past couple years.

If this slate is more of a gaming platform than connectivity-production-media machine, I'll have to put a purchase on ice. Kitchy doodad might be fine for many, but some people need to create records/documents and art on the run.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a professional writer.

What is youself talk about?
 

alent1234

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Jun 19, 2009
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I would say the real transition was when they switched to Intel! They really are an amazing company!

Read this article:

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...les_tablet_a_history_of_tablet_computing.html

It is really interesting. Basically, the tablet is what "personal computing" was always imagined to be, but has never been successful. People don't even realize, that Apple being successful with iSlate will LITERALLY be Apple reversing the entire history of personal computing to its original intentions in a sense! And all of it is possible because of this MASSIVE and TOTALLY COMPREHENSIVE product strategy and ecosystem that Steve Jobs has put in place piece by piece for decades! It is really incredible! The ability to do this all centered around culture and art/media with such a clear vision really gives me respect and admiration for Steve Jobs. Yes I know the man is a bit odd and not perfect, but there really is nobody else like him. He is very unique. More than I could EVER say for Bill Gates and others! :rolleyes: That is why I like Apple, even though they are not perfect as no company is!

the reason tablets haven't taken off was because they cost more for less usability. if apple wants to sell itablets to non-fanboys for $1000 or even $800 than it needs to offer usability and the freedom to run almost anything you want. not just an approved app store or media subscriptions.

no one is going to pay for magazines to read on a computer unless it's the WSJ or some other specialty content
 

OllyW

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Oct 11, 2005
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If Apple plans on spending 40 minutes of their keynote on gaming demos from EA, Ubisoft, etc again (like the 3.0 SDK preview event and WWDC ’09), I think I’ll skip the live coverage.

Boring.

All the App demos at the Keynotes are boring.

The only thing anyone wants to know is when is it going to be available and how much does it cost. :D
 
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