Apple Announces Gaming-Centric IPhone

Apple's newest iPhone will be the most powerful yet when it hits on June 17, the company announced today during their annual World Wide Developers Conference.

The iPhone 3GS will hit the same day as the new game-centric 3.0 firmware for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple calls it "the most powerful, fastest iPhone we've ever made."

Launching messaging is faster, viewing Excel is faster and loading SimCity is 2.4 faster.

Last week sources told Kotaku that the new iPhone would sport a gaming-centric 3D graphics chip, run on a faster national network. We were also told that Apple's 3.0 firmware for their existing iPhones, which includes a bounty of new features for gaming, will hit on the same day.

This year the World Wide Developers Conference drew 5,200 developers from 54 countries. Apple also announced today that they have sold more than 40 million iPhones and iPod Touch. They've also logged more than a billion downloads and the App Store has 50,000 programs. That's quite an install base.

Apple's firmware and this new iPhone come at a time when the company is seeing huge growth in the games flooding their App Store. The company seems to be a crossroads of sorts, one that has folks like the Entertainment Software Association sort of hinting that they need to dive in with both feet.

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