Now you've done it, Apple. Today's Apple event bought about the announcement of the iPhone 5, the newest cellphone from the world's largest company. Thinner, lighter, taller and featuring connectivity to the new 4G LTE tech making the rounds. The phone will come in both white and black color schemes and will cost $199 base (with contract), though larger storage space will cost as much as $299 or $399 (16, 32 and 64GB models respectively). Are you ready for the, erm, new phone revolution?
While gaming never really took the forefront during the presentation, Real Racing 3 was showcased as an example of the iPhone 5's A6 processor -- clocking in at twice the power of the iPhone 4S's A5. The game itself is about what you'd expect from a mobile racing game (you can see behind you in the mirrors now), but the extra processing boost is absolutely something developers can get excited about.
The upgrade is especially significant considering some shared perspective later in the event. When discussing the iPod Touch, the following quote was made:
"It's the world's most popular music player... but a lot of people don't realize that it's also the world's most popular videogame player as well."
Quite a statement from a company which dedicated all of 10-15s of their event to talking about video games. However, given the popularity of Apple's range of devices, it's a point that's hard to argue
The iPhone 5 will be available for preorder starting this Friday, the 14 of of September, and will begin shipping units starting September 21. While there's no specific reason for gamers to be excited about the device, it will be interesting to see how developers apply the phone's extra power into future titles. Epic, I'm looking at you.