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If you thought that the iPhone would always be about pouring virtual beer and shaking virtual babies, you’re about to get a wake up call.  Apple has recently acquired Richard Teversham, former Xbox Senior Director of Strategy.  This new member of the Apple crew becomes even more interesting when you consider the company previously took on ATI’s former Graphics CTO, who created the GameCube graphics card.  Click continue for more.

According to Gizmondo, the iPhone is catching up to the PSP and Nintendo DS in sales.    Though the iPhone has been out about half the time of the PSP and DS, it’s only 13 million units behind  Sony’s 50, and 63 million units behind Nintendo’s 100.  Considering the iPhone has over 9,000 games in the app store, Apples do-it-all device has a lot of potential to elbow past its competitors as a portable gaming platform.

With serious looking games like Meal Gear Solid Touch hitting the iPhone’s app store and Terminator: Salvation on its way, I firmly believe that Apple has the potential to make it all happen.  You can practically visualize the iPhone as a anxious race horse snorting at the starting gate, ready to run with the big boys.  Now with an experienced strategist like Rich Teversham as the jockey, we could be in for a hell of a race.

Source: Gizmondo

  1. Hmm…interesting. However, I don’t think acquiring the senior director of strategy is for the iPhone. Theres always been rumors circling around Apple and a possible gaming console. If they time it right, i.e. around holiday 2010 or so, they could take a real share of the market, considering the 360 will be 5 years old by then.

  2. I still think something that has the word phone in it (and is a phone) yet is used less as a phone than anything else is a waste of money….

  3. I wish Apple just came out with an affordable $100 (DS priced-ish) device that played all their apps. I want to hit up Song Summoner and the like.

  4. It’s exciting that they’re expanding their apps and creating more “serious” games. I do agree with Chris though. The iphone isn’t exactly built the best for a gaming console.

  5. avatar Radu

    The key differences beewten the original iPhone and the newer 3G model are:1. The inclusion of a 3G radio which allows data to be transferred at about 200-300% faster rates (roughly, assuming good signal quality), compared the to the EDGE radio in the original iPhone.2. They changed the case. The design is more of a wedge shape versus the rounded shape of the original iPhone. According to most people, this makes the new 3G iPhone more comfortable to hold in the hand. The original had a brushed aluminium backplate, and the new one has more of a hard plastic back. Also they added a new color choice to the phone: white.3. They added a GPS so Google maps now has a real-time updating GPS versus the previous system which relied on something like trangulation of cell phone towers to determine location but which only gave a relative idea.4. They improved the battery life the battery lasts about 2 hours longer for calls.5. They unrecessed the headphone jack on the new iPhone the original iPhone had a recessed jack that made it hard to plug in a lot of headphones.6. They changed the screen color from a vaguely bluish tinge to more of a yellowish tinge. It’s not easily noticed but some people prefer the original over the newer one.7. They improved the microphone quality and the speaker quality to make it easier to listen to music without headphones and it makes calls clearer.8. They changed the method of signing up for a contract you used to be able to wander in and buy one with cash originally without having to sign a contract. You just walked in and bought it and walked out and then figured out the contract when you plugged it into a computer at home.9. They changed the price. It appears that they lowered the price by lowering it from $ 399 to $ 199 (for the 8GB model), but they raised the monthly fee by $ 10 which adds $ 240 over the two year mandatory contract period so it costs $ 40 more (over 2 years) than the original one.They will likely continue to come out with a new model every summer. This would be similar to what Apple does with other products like iPods, so it’s a fairly safe guess that next summer around June/July 2009, there will be a newer version of the iPhone.

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