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  • iPhone 4G Prototype Reveals Apple's New Gaming Priorities?



    Somewhere along the line, the news story about the discovery of the new iPhone model became more about "how this happened" and "how authorities will handle the situation" rather than what the device itself suggests about where Apple is taking their juggernaut smartphone later this year and into the future.

    Like putting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together, the iPhone 4G prototype tells us something very important about Apple's highest and most immediate priorities in the smartphone marketplace. If the captured prototype proves comparable to the device that is eventually rolled out, it's safe to say that one of Apple's newest, highest, and most unexpected priorities is to finally market the iPhone as the ultimate mobile gaming device - something, for example, that can rival the likes of Nintendo's forthcoming 3DS mobile gaming platform.

    Beautifully articulated by my MMI colleague Paul in his post this weekend, Apple is actively planning for a "whole new kind of social networking," one that enables users to share video of themselves. But while most of the attention surrounding the front facing camera centers on social networking, Apple's real priority with the front facing camera could ultimately be to embellish the video gaming experience.

    The 4th generation iPhone is not simply another upgraded smartphone from Apple. Instead, this is a "new" phone in every sense of the imagination - a phone that will be a gaming "game changer" unlike anything three previous generations of the iPhone have provided. Apple, after all, could face some of its most substantial competition in the coming years from mobile video game devices, not rival smartphones. As a result, the marketing strategy behind the new iPhone will likely no longer reflect Apple's once high and mighty better-than-just-a-gaming-device attitude. Apple is now clearly in the game to squash both smartphone and mobile gaming competitors. And if the new iPhone prototype holds true, Apple just might succeed in doing so.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4G Prototype Reveals Apple's New Gaming Priorities? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      I won't call it a game changer until I'm able to play Goldeneye 007 over a wi-fi network.
    1. iPhoneMadness's Avatar
      iPhoneMadness -
      ^ best first post ever.
    1. xxtkevinxxte's Avatar
      xxtkevinxxte -
      "I'm be"

      almost best first
      post ever.
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxtkevinxxte View Post
      "I'm be"

      almost best first
      post ever.
      it was originally "until I'll be able to...", so I thought it sounded funny and changed it to "Until I'm able to...", but I missed a word. Fix'd.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      I won't call it a game changer until I'm able to play Goldeneye 007 over a wi-fi network.
      Right on.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Halo mobile, come on bungie you know you want to
    1. FuseUnison's Avatar
      FuseUnison -
      ...the marketing strategy behind the new iPhone will likely no longer reflect Apple's once high and mighty better-than-just-a-gaming-device attitude.
      Seems mostly like conjecture at this point. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. Steve Jobs hasn't ever been one to sway easily from his "vision" for Apple, and he's always had a kind of smug sense of superiority when it's come to his certainty in determining the "right path" for the future of the company. Of course in his behalf, he's done very well for Apple.

      Just my 2 cents....but probably worth less.
    1. theguy1429's Avatar
      theguy1429 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      I won't call it a game changer until I'm able to play Goldeneye 007 over a wi-fi network.
      lollercakes.
    1. DarkOmen53's Avatar
      DarkOmen53 -
      I'm a gamer and I just bought a 3gs and your telling me that apple now decided to shift there market strategy into the gaming industry? FML...
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      I still think there has to be at least an accessory to give an option for 3rd party physical game controler before it can be called a game changer.
    1. DarkOmen53's Avatar
      DarkOmen53 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reznor9 View Post
      I still think there has to be at least an accessory to give an option for 3rd party physical game controler before it can be called a game changer.
      Does a psp or ds have a 3rd party game controller?
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      Quote Originally Posted by DarkOmen53 View Post
      Does a psp or ds have a 3rd party game controller?
      no, but the homebrow/modding community has come up with some neat mod to attach a xbox chatpad or even dualshock3 controller to the PSP
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Need buttons for a game, using touch isn't good or fun all the time. Plus why has no one in the come up with an app that portrays your PS3 XMB on your iPhone, so you can control your PS3 through the iPhone's Bluetooth or is the BT still crippled?
    1. MrBucket101's Avatar
      MrBucket101 -
      How is this news?

      You're just speculating
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      That would be so tight to bring back double 0. I will host the karte chop only room!
    1. mar01006765's Avatar
      mar01006765 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MrBucket101 View Post
      How is this news?

      You're just speculating
      +1
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by reznor9 View Post
      I still think there has to be at least an accessory to give an option for 3rd party physical game controler before it can be called a game changer.
      well i remember a ways back modmyi posting something about an accessory where your phone fits in it and you have a joystick on one side and physical buttons on the other. So i mean it can have that physical controller for non touch screen games and also i wouldnt mind playing Goldeneye over wifi also lol
    1. DarkOmen53's Avatar
      DarkOmen53 -
      Quote Originally Posted by extremzocker View Post
      no, but the homebrow/modding community has come up with some neat mod to attach a xbox chatpad or even dualshock3 controller
      If the gaming center does take off then there will most likely be one for the iphone =]. I hope they make it compatible for 3gs...
    1. eyathan16's Avatar
      eyathan16 -
      modern warfare 2, to go....
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      come on. EA skate. please. please.