Laminar Research's recently released iPhone mini-version of the award winning flight simulator X-Plane 9 [App Store] has gotten a lot of attention since it's debut in the App Store.  X-Plane 9 for the iPhone provides a flight experience that goes well beyond what most flight sim fans believed was possible on a mobile platform.

Happily, it seems that the v1.0 release is just the beginning.

As a reader pointed out in a comment to our X-Plane 9 review, author Austin Meyer gave some indication of what lies ahead in a recent post to his X-Plane forums.

DUDE.. you have only seen the START.
We are going to have airliners, helicopters, gliders... this is only the BEGINNING.

Also (and there is no way I should mention this) X-Plane AUTOMOTIVE is SCREAMING fun.. I will be ready to release it, hopefully, within 7 days.

When you see me issue a post about how I am morally opposed (or something) to an automotive version of x-plane with ferraris and corvettes and KRAZY tracks, you will know that we are within about 48 hours of release.

I hope to have it for desktop AND iphone shortly!

More aircraft for X-Plane and an entirely new title: X-Plane Automotive.  It seems Austin has big plans for the iPhone and for X-Plane in general.  Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.

  • Josiah W.

    one other thing to note is that an update to x-plane for iPhone (9.01) has been released to the app store, and will be available in a few days. You can visit the x-plane for iPhone website to see the new features in x-plane v. 9.01. It doesn't add anything like planes or airports though. The x-plane for iPhone website also has a very interesting story about how x-plane was made and the developers trip to apple hq to make it.

    Link: http://www.x-plane.com/iPhone

  • Josiah W.

    one other thing to note is that an update to x-plane for iPhone (9.01) has been released to the app store, and will be available in a few days. You can visit the x-plane for iPhone website to see the new features in x-plane v. 9.01. It doesn't add anything like planes or airports though. The x-plane for iPhone website also has a very interesting story about how x-plane was made and the developers trip to apple hq to make it.

    Link: http://www.x-plane.com/iPhone

  • Tom May

    The link that Josiah points to is a must read.

    It needs to be front paged to Macrumors.

  • Tom May

    The link that Josiah points to is a must read.

    It needs to be front paged to Macrumors.

  • Joe

    While im an FSX user i do respect Xplane and what they do. I am currently in love with the iPhone version of xplane and i look forward to any additions to it.

    My only criticism is that the zoom resets when going to external view, it would be nice if it saved the zoom value along with the view angle. Its mildly annoying to have to zoom out every time i switch to it.

    Again great job this is definately big, i look forward to more crafts and perhaps more locations (hint, grand canyon) =)

  • Joe

    While im an FSX user i do respect Xplane and what they do. I am currently in love with the iPhone version of xplane and i look forward to any additions to it.

    My only criticism is that the zoom resets when going to external view, it would be nice if it saved the zoom value along with the view angle. Its mildly annoying to have to zoom out every time i switch to it.

    Again great job this is definately big, i look forward to more crafts and perhaps more locations (hint, grand canyon) =)

  • stephen

    wait does this mean the cars will be an addition to the game or a totally different game... I hope it's just an update to xplane

  • stephen

    wait does this mean the cars will be an addition to the game or a totally different game... I hope it's just an update to xplane

  • Jordie

    I'm pretty sure it's a whole new game, I was gonna download X-Plane, but now I'll wait to see the automotive version.

  • Jordie

    I'm pretty sure it's a whole new game, I was gonna download X-Plane, but now I'll wait to see the automotive version.

  • Constable Odo

    It seems as though X-Plane for the iPhone/iPod Touch could really be a prime mover of iPhone sales if it becomes as deep an application as he intends it to become.

    I can't wait to see this X-Plane Automotive even if it's just a driving sim of various high-end cars. I'd like something that has mountainous hairpin curve tracks and race tracks such as LeMans that you can drive for long distances and record the time it takes to complete the run (Pikes Peak, anyone). Then have a site where you could post your times and compete against hundreds of users around the world.

    These people just keep finding new ways to kill productivity and the iPhone's poor little battery.

  • Constable Odo

    It seems as though X-Plane for the iPhone/iPod Touch could really be a prime mover of iPhone sales if it becomes as deep an application as he intends it to become.

    I can't wait to see this X-Plane Automotive even if it's just a driving sim of various high-end cars. I'd like something that has mountainous hairpin curve tracks and race tracks such as LeMans that you can drive for long distances and record the time it takes to complete the run (Pikes Peak, anyone). Then have a site where you could post your times and compete against hundreds of users around the world.

    These people just keep finding new ways to kill productivity and the iPhone's poor little battery.