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Apple Announces iPhone 4S

It stands to reason that Apple is working on the iPhone 5, but today's rumor-from-the-internet narrows down the release window. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, quoted by MacRumors, the iPhone 5 will be released in September and the iPad mini will debut later in the month.

"iPhone 5 to debut in September. But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models' shipments decrease will be moderate," Kuo writes in a research note.

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Game Center

Cross platform play is coming to Apple's Game Center. Game Center, Apple's online multiplayer social gaming network, will support Mac-to-Mac and cross-device gaming, so you can play from your Mac against someone on an iPhone or iPad and any of them can push that over AirPlay to their Apple TV. It's an Apple world, everyone.

Not only that: Apple just announced the addition of "Challenged" to the Game Center, which are basically like Xbox Live Achievements, except for Apple games.

Game Center is available for iOS devices capable of running iOS 4.2 or later, and will be  integrated into the latest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, set for a summer 2012 release.

Apple LogoAccording to Apple, speaking at their World Wide Developer's conference, Diablo 3 will be updated to take advantage of the higher definition, "retina" displays of the company's new line of MacBook Pro computers.

"You are going to see a gaming experience unlike any you've seen before," Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

For the tech-minded: The new Pro features a 15.4-inch display with a pixel density of 2880 x 1800, four times as many pixels than the previous generation of MacBook Pro display.

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Five iPhone Game Developers React To Apple's iPad Announcement

According to Apple president Tim Cook speaking at WWDC 2012, an important milestone has been reached for Apple: Customers have downloaded over 30 billion Apps. The Apple CEO says there are now 650,000 apps on the App Store, 225,000 of them are i-Pad-specifically designed.

"This compares to just a few hundred for our competition," Cook added to the assembled journalists and Apple insiders. Ooh, that's a burn!

Tags: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Tech

The Elder Scrolls Online comes to PC and Mac in this official teaser trailer from Bethesda. With dramatic, foreboding drums, The Elder Scrolls Online teaser features a warrior king in his palace; a female wizard among her apprentices; and a ranger wih his hunting pack as they are summoned to war with either each other or a common enemy. Let's just hope that enemy doesn't come with a pricey monthly fee.

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Are Valve And Apple Working Together To Create A Gaming Console?

Valve and Apple did not have a sitdown, despite recent reports to the contrary. Gabe Newell confirmed as much in a new interview for the just-released Seven Day Cooldown podcast (via Kotaku). Reports emerged on April 14, 2012 that Cook had been spotted at Valve HQ in Bellevue, Washington. But that's just not the case, Newell revealed.

Here's his statement on the matter in full:

We actually, we all sent mail to each other, going, 'Who's Tim Cook meeting with? Is he meeting with you? I'm not meeting with Tim Cook.' So we're... it's one of those rumors that was stated so factually that we were actually confused.

No one here was meeting with Tim Cook or with anybody at Apple that day. I wish we were! We have a long list of things we'd love to see Apple do to support games and gaming better. But no, we didn't meet with Tim Cook. He seems like a smart guy, but I've never actually met him.

Tags: Apple, Videogames

The New iPad As A Gaming Device: A Look At Infinity Blade: Dungeons, Sky Gamblers

Apple might be working on a controller for iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, which would end one of the major problems with using those devices as gaming consoles.

The news comes from AnandTech, where writers Vivek Gowri & Anand Lal Shimpio post: 

"I know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market, but whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen. As smartphones and tablets come close to equaling the performance of current game consoles, I feel like the controller problem must be addressed."

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Super Meat Boy

An iOS version of super-hard platformer Super Meat Boy is currently in development. According to Team Meat, the iPhone game will be rebuilt from the ground up, to work with the touch-screen controls of the iOS. Presumably, the difficulty will remain.

Super Meat Boy: The Game, as the iOS version is tentatively titled, will feature new visuals, a new soundtrack, and new gameplay mechanics compared to the original release.

There's no release date available as of yet.





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Disney Epic Mickey 2

Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has been confirmed for both PC and Mac. I don't often get to report good news for gamers with Macs, but there it is: You'll have at least one current AAA game to play when Disney Epic Mickey 2 gets released.

Other than their existence, we have no details on the PC or the Mac versions of the game.

The more we hear about and see of this title, the better it seems; I can't freakin' wait to try out this game. Click the "Read More" tag for a look at the first Epic Mickey 2 gameplay video.

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Tags: Apple, PC Gaming

New iPad Announced: Apple Shows Off Its Next Tablet

If you doubted the ubiquity of Apple products, dig this: According to CNBC, over 50 percent of U.S. households now include at least one Apple product, whether it's an iPhone, an iPad or an Apple II.

Jay Campbell, one of the people who conducted the study that found this out, explains the dominance of Apple like this:

“It's a fantastic business model — the more of our products you own, the more likely you are to buy more...Planned obsolescence has always been a part of the technology industries sales model, but Apple has taken it to a whole new level."

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Apple TV Goes HD -- Apple Has Announced Apple TV With 1080p Support

Apple TV goes HD as they have just announced the next version of the Apple TV will support 1080p video. The "new" Apple TV will only set you back $99 to boot. Other changes to the already popular device include a "new streamlined user interface." The new UI is in HD too. This means you should prepare your eyes for the shiniest buttons you've ever seen.

The new Apple TV will be able to support photo streaming as well. When you take a photo on your iPhone, it can be automatically displayed on your Apple TV. Other improvements include the integration of Apple's Genius. Instead of telling you what types of music you may like, it will now be able recommend movies.

Did my sales pitch sell you? If it did, get ready to buy the Apple TV next week. You can order yours right now.

Make sure to tune into Attack of the Show tonight at 7pm ET for all of today's updates from Apple.

Tags: Apple, Tech, TV
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New iPad Announced: Apple Shows Off Its Next Tablet

Apple announced the new iPad, showing off the tablet device to the press and the internet world. The new iPad features a "retina display," 4G LTE internet and features the addition of Apple's new "virtual assistant" Siri. It will be available on March 16th; pre-orders start today.

Prices $499, $599, and $699 for 16, 32, and 64GB. $629, $729, and $829 with 4G.

Apple head Tim Cook introduced the new device, saying, "the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world.”

Here's what we know about the Apple iPad HD:

  • "Retina display" Much higher definition that previous display. 264 pixels per inch, better than 1080p, according to Apple. Better color saturation. Color saturation improved by 44 percent
  • A5X processor is confirmed, which means quad-core graphics, which means amazing games.

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iPad

The next version of the Apple iPad will almost certainly be announced tomorrow morning, but it looks like it won't be called "The iPad 3." Instead, it will be called "iPad HD," according to a "developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple," reported by CNET.

Obviously, the idea of the name is to call attention to the (supposedly) big feature of the next iPad: Its high definition screen. Previous rumors have pointed to the next iPad being a beefy, powerful machine. Rumors say that there is a quad-core processor with 4G LTE capacity.

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iPad

It looks increasingly like the iPad 3 will be unveiled by Apple next week, and if its true stats match up to the rumors and speculation, it will be more than powerful enough to deliver "core" gaming experiences.

According to a tweet from CNBC, here's how the iPad 3 will break down:

"Quad-Core iPad 3 with 4G LTE to be unveiled in New York next week. -Sources"

Supposedly, the iPad 3 will go on sale on March 9, but will be announced on March 7. Apple sent out invites to an iPad-related event taking place on March 7 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

What do you think? Are you going to pick one up? Personally, I'm cool with my iPad 2 and don't want anything new, but I might change my mind when I see whatever is packed into the iPad 3!

iphone Vs ipad

Apple just announced what’s the equivalent to a new gaming platform with potentially thousands of popular games at launch, and you probably didn’t even notice the news. It was just one part of this week's big unveiling of Mac OS 10.8, aka Mountain Lion. Among the features hogging the spotlight are the expansion of iCloud file support, full AirPlay mirroring (not just a few specific applications), Twitter integration, and iOS’ Messages, Reminders, Notes (no longer tucked away in Mail) and Notifications (goodbye, Growl) all being ported to the Mac. But what gamers should be most excited about is the addition of Game Center.

Game Center for Mac, like the iOS app, allows you to track your points, achievements, and leaderboard rank among Game Center-supported games. There’s also a tab at the top that includes game app recommendations, both free and paid. Word of mouth, however, is the best way to discover new games, and for that, Apple is including a “Friends” tab. Seeing which Game Center games your friends own is likely to encourage you to go to the App Store and download the same apps for cooperative and competitive play. There’s nothing more motivating than going to a friend’s profile and seeing a mutually owned game listed with the words “Ranked higher than me.”

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