Today at Apple’s Wordwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, CA, the brand new iPhone 3G S was revealed alongside iPhone OS 3.0.
The new iPhone is said to be much faster and have far greater battery life, plus it comes in 16 and 32 GB varieties rather than the 8 and 16 of previous generations. These fundamental improvements obviously could greatly impact the state of gaming on the platform. The new iPhone 3G S models will retail for $199 and $299 depending on the size of the internal memory.
What also bodes well for video games on the Apple portables is the upcoming release of iPhone OS 3.0. This operating system upgrade will come packed in with the new phones, but it will also be retro-actively updateable for all iPhone models and even the iPod Touch (for a $10 fee).
Furthermore, gaming industry experts are excited about OS 3.0 because it brings with it a host of minor upgrades that will also prove useful to gamers. According to G4’s Brian Leahy, the addition of peer-to-peer networking will allow players to much more easily play together regardless of network connectivity or wireless infrastructure. Push notification will let players know when their turn without having to check in themselves from time to time – handy for games turn-based strategy games like UniWar. Finally, in-app paid downloads will allow players to upgrade their paid game content with industry standard DLC add-ons.
Lastly, all this upgrading has pushed the price of the original iPhone 3G 8GB and 16 GB models down to $99 and $149, respectively, with two-year AT&T contract.