Apple's Next Product A "Gaming Platform"?

Just like the iPhone and iPod Touch, which are becoming increasingly games-focused as they mature, so too is Apple's next "big thing" - rumoured to be a tablet computer - getting into games in a big way.

According to Barron's, who cite an analyst that's claiming to have already touched the device, the Apple Tablet will be a system designed with two things in mind: media playback and games.

It'll feature a 10-inch touchscreen, cost around $US800 and be built to play music, videos and games on that big, touchy screen. Just like an iPod Touch, only... bigger. "So what?" I hear you gasp. "Most iPhone games are rubbish, and this just sounds like a bigger iPhone".

In one way, you'd be right. But in another... look below and tell me that's not something you might be interested in.

Apple's Got That Glow Again [Barron's, subscription required]


Comments

    If that is an actual screen shot of a game running on it then no not interested at all, looks like a GBA game. And the price is also something that is a turn off.

    I am not interested in it in the slightest. $800 US, which means it will proberly end up in Aus at about $2000AU - i think i will get a half decent upgrade to my PC for that.

    Haha. That has to be the most pointless thing I've ever seen.

    How can it be built for gaming, but supposed to be used with touchscreen input? That severely limits game options, and if you're gonna prop it up on your desk with a KB+M attached, you might aswell just get a regular PC.

    So, Mr. Plunkett; that's not something I might be interested in. Not even if I was given one for free.

      "How can it be built for gaming, but supposed to be used with touchscreen input? That severely limits game options, and if you’re gonna prop it up on your desk with a KB+M attached, you might aswell just get a regular PC."

      I'm of the mind that multi-touch tech will actually drive innovation and open the doors to a whole new world of game design possibilities. Taking game design philosophies from computer and traditional console platforms and attempting to apply them 1:1 to something that uses a completely different interface will never work, you're right. Instead, you need to start thinking about what can be done instead of what has been done.
      All this tech really needs for developers to start jumping on board is a) a device that is specifically geared towards multi-touch technology (rather than a traditional PC with touch tech tacked on as an afterthought) and a solid user-base. As much as I have reservations about the company and some of its practices, it's hard to deny Apple is the kind of company that could accomplish just that.

    Advance Wars (or something similar) on a 10-inch screen? That would be awesome, but the price is definitely going to be prohibitive.

    With that being said, not everyone develops for Mac.

    So yeah...

    OMG i want this now! Hmm US$800 converts to $949 AUD. Whats the bet apple will charge oh i dunno $1600 AUD for this little baby and inflate the price like they do with the iphone, ipods, mac's...wait all their products. Sigh!

    All I have to do is get a giant pocket on my pants to carry it around in.

    World: hey apple, as it turns out touch screen gaming sucks for most games on the ipod
    Apple: i see... what your saying is you need a bigger screen!
    World: well kinda, but also maybe some buttons? and a way to hold it so we can use more than one hand?
    Apple: yes, yes! a bigger screen! thats all it needs!
    World: umm but.. sure apple you know best...

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