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The keynote is about to begin! For up to the second coverage check out Mac Rumors Live, otherwise this post will be updated periodically with things that pertain to iPhone gaming.

So far we've seen new laptops, a demonstration of Snow Leopard complete with its $29 upgrade price point, and now Scott Forstall is taking the stage to discuss the iPhone.

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Scott is currently going over the features of 3.0 which include everything we've seen before, Bluetooth multiplayer, in-game downloadable content purchases, and the ability to talk to other devices via the dock connector or Bluetooth.

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Mark Hickey from Gameloft is unveiling a new game, Asphalt 5, which he claims will be the best racing game on iPhone. Lets you play music from your library while you drive, advanced lighting and graphics -- fully pushing the hardware, Peer to Peer multiplayer over Bluetooth, worldwide multiplayer over wifi in-game voicechat, content packs for sale (1 racktrack and 3 new cars for 99 cents).

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Neil Young from ngomoco:) unveiled Star Defense, launching today for $5.99. Also briefly mentioned is the "Plus Network" to play online, and additional 3.0 features when 3.0 goes live. (We are attending a ngmoco:) press conference later this afternoon where I expect we will hear more about this.)

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iPhone 3.0 available for free on June 17th, and iPod Touch users can purchase the upgrade for $9.95.

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The iPhone 3G S is here! (Well, coming soon.) The biggest benefit that has been announced so far for gamers is the inclusion of OpenGL|ES 2.0, and faster hardware. Also included is a 3 megapixel auto-focusing camera, digital compass, and voice commands. Since these are all accessible by developers using various API's, who knows what kind of crazy geolocation photo games/apps we'll see in the future.

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The new iPhone 3G S will be released on June 19th for $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB). Also, the 8GB 3G iPhone will stick around and be sold for $99! All prices listed are with a two year contract. According to the fine print- "For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB)"

It remains to be seen what if any concessions Apple and/or AT&T will make for existing iPhone 3G customers looking to upgrade.

  • Dogmeat

    I just stepped outside of my building, which is behind the center and the line is wrapping around the block, I would imagine a lot of folks aren't going to see the keynote.

  • Dogmeat

    I just stepped outside of my building, which is behind the center and the line is wrapping around the block, I would imagine a lot of folks aren't going to see the keynote.

  • Big Albie

    Just took a short jaunt down the block...that's one long line of disappointment. It's almost like watching the old 1984-themed Apple commercial with everyone at attention listening intently.

  • Big Albie

    Just took a short jaunt down the block...that's one long line of disappointment. It's almost like watching the old 1984-themed Apple commercial with everyone at attention listening intently.

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/silviantrius diabolus
  • http://picasaweb.google.com/silviantrius diabolus
  • Dogmeat

    Hey Albie, if you wanna get a cup of coffee sometime this week, let me know !

  • Dogmeat

    Hey Albie, if you wanna get a cup of coffee sometime this week, let me know !

  • Big Albie

    Hey Dogmeat, sure let me see how the week goes. Next week may work better, but I'll PM you.

  • Big Albie

    Hey Dogmeat, sure let me see how the week goes. Next week may work better, but I'll PM you.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    i know it's not likely, but i really hope they announce the 7" or 9" iPod Tablet that has been rumored and handled by some.

    i don't care how much it costs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    i know it's not likely, but i really hope they announce the 7" or 9" iPod Tablet that has been rumored and handled by some.

    i don't care how much it costs.

  • Big Albie

    The iPod Tablet would be great. I think the pricing would start at $500.

  • Big Albie

    The iPod Tablet would be great. I think the pricing would start at $500.

  • spiffyone

    Predictions:

    No "new" (as in totally new hardware) iPhone or iPod touch. Instead, slight redesigns of the existing hardware. A few added bells and whistles, better battery life.

    Macbook Nano. Apple's entrance into the netbook universe.

    or

    iPod Tablet. More likely of the two.

    and, something that I hope happens:

    Apple TV 3.0 - Apple opens up the Apple TV via open SDK. Developers will be able to develop apps for the Apple TV platform, sell them through an App Store section devoted to the Apple TV device. Similar set up to how iTouch/Phone is handled: SDK is free for all who want it, with a $99 price point for those individuals that wish to publish on the App Store. The release coincides with a price drop of the hardware.

    and

    Apple TV Remote 2.0 - accelerometer and touch screen included. Control your Apple TV with a remote that mimics the control method of the iTouch/Phone.

  • spiffyone

    Predictions:

    No "new" (as in totally new hardware) iPhone or iPod touch. Instead, slight redesigns of the existing hardware. A few added bells and whistles, better battery life.

    Macbook Nano. Apple's entrance into the netbook universe.

    or

    iPod Tablet. More likely of the two.

    and, something that I hope happens:

    Apple TV 3.0 - Apple opens up the Apple TV via open SDK. Developers will be able to develop apps for the Apple TV platform, sell them through an App Store section devoted to the Apple TV device. Similar set up to how iTouch/Phone is handled: SDK is free for all who want it, with a $99 price point for those individuals that wish to publish on the App Store. The release coincides with a price drop of the hardware.

    and

    Apple TV Remote 2.0 - accelerometer and touch screen included. Control your Apple TV with a remote that mimics the control method of the iTouch/Phone.

  • Booch138

    wtf the f*cking link is broken. Any fix on that one soon?

  • Booch138

    wtf the f*cking link is broken. Any fix on that one soon?

  • djflippy

    Mark Hickey, from Gameloft, talks about their new racer, Asphalt 5.
    You can your own music, as Peer to Peer multiplayer over Bluetooth, in-game voicechat, and new content, available through micro-transactions.

  • djflippy

    Mark Hickey, from Gameloft, talks about their new racer, Asphalt 5.
    You can your own music, as Peer to Peer multiplayer over Bluetooth, in-game voicechat, and new content, available through micro-transactions.

  • Pitch_Blak

    Sucks about the new MacBook Pros. My mom just got one this weekend, and being the photo-nut she is, she would've been stoked about an SD card slot.

  • Pitch_Blak

    Sucks about the new MacBook Pros. My mom just got one this weekend, and being the photo-nut she is, she would've been stoked about an SD card slot.

  • djflippy

    Star Defense launches today. Boosh.

  • djflippy

    Star Defense launches today. Boosh.

  • djflippy

    iPhone OS 3.0 available worldwide June 17th.

  • djflippy

    iPhone OS 3.0 available worldwide June 17th.

  • Reaganomics

    Are some of you guys at the WWDC? If so, is the 3.0 update leaving you somewhat inspired? Yea, I saw the Star Defence reference too, awsome.

  • Reaganomics

    Are some of you guys at the WWDC? If so, is the 3.0 update leaving you somewhat inspired? Yea, I saw the Star Defence reference too, awsome.

  • RaZrVIN

    Wow, that Asphalt 5 screenshot looks amazing! That is definitely a big improvement over the old Asphalt racing, and may even beat Need for Speed!

  • RaZrVIN

    Wow, that Asphalt 5 screenshot looks amazing! That is definitely a big improvement over the old Asphalt racing, and may even beat Need for Speed!

  • LBG

    "Asphalt 5 Lets you play music from your library while you drive, advanced lighting and graphics."

    Wow, sounds great. But it's a bit late now, it's been done before.
    Have they been 20 miles underground sice they released Asphalt 4?

  • LBG

    "Asphalt 5 Lets you play music from your library while you drive, advanced lighting and graphics."

    Wow, sounds great. But it's a bit late now, it's been done before.
    Have they been 20 miles underground sice they released Asphalt 4?

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/silviantrius diabolus

    17 June - My second Birthday!!!!!! LOOOOL

    iPhone - FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/silviantrius diabolus

    17 June - My second Birthday!!!!!! LOOOOL

    iPhone - FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LBG

    199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB iPhone that isn't bad at all.

  • LBG

    199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB iPhone that isn't bad at all.

  • Pitch_Blak

    Oh man, is the iPhone 3GS coming to Bell Aliant in Canada?

  • Pitch_Blak

    Oh man, is the iPhone 3GS coming to Bell Aliant in Canada?

  • djflippy

    Faster performance, 30 FPS video with editing, hardware OpenGL|ES support, Better battery life, voice control, auto-focus camera, compass app, MMS, data encryption, and finally...arsenic-free glass.

    iPhone 3GS available June 19th.

    Oh and the current 3G 8GB is $99, available today. Who wants that artifact?!? Applols

  • dexx0008

    199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB iPhone that isn't bad at all.

    read the fine print though.... According to the fine print- "For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB)"

    700 for 32gb model, that will hurt the pocket book, unless it's time to renew your contract/ or your new.

  • djflippy

    Faster performance, 30 FPS video with editing, hardware OpenGL|ES support, Better battery life, voice control, auto-focus camera, compass app, MMS, data encryption, and finally...arsenic-free glass.

    iPhone 3GS available June 19th.

    Oh and the current 3G 8GB is $99, available today. Who wants that artifact?!? Applols

  • dexx0008

    199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB iPhone that isn't bad at all.

    read the fine print though.... According to the fine print- "For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB)"

    700 for 32gb model, that will hurt the pocket book, unless it's time to renew your contract/ or your new.

  • QuebecRage

    @Pitch_Blak: I work at Bell Canada and I can confirm you that the iPhone isnt coming anytime soon (not 2009 and maybe not even 2010) in Canada.

    I'll wait for user's review to upgrade my 3G. If the FPS is way better on 3GS for games I'll probably upgrade. No front camera for video calls and no flash support are big letdowns for me. Before I even upgrade to 3.0 I'll wait a few days or weeks cause I cant allow my iPhone to freeze (like 2.0).

  • QuebecRage

    @Pitch_Blak: I work at Bell Canada and I can confirm you that the iPhone isnt coming anytime soon (not 2009 and maybe not even 2010) in Canada.

    I'll wait for user's review to upgrade my 3G. If the FPS is way better on 3GS for games I'll probably upgrade. No front camera for video calls and no flash support are big letdowns for me. Before I even upgrade to 3.0 I'll wait a few days or weeks cause I cant allow my iPhone to freeze (like 2.0).

  • Icepulse

    The whole "non-qualified customers" thing is a joke. Existing customers always get @#$%'ed to make room for new suckers.

    What ever happened to taking care of your EXISTING customers?

  • Icepulse

    The whole "non-qualified customers" thing is a joke. Existing customers always get @#$%'ed to make room for new suckers.

    What ever happened to taking care of your EXISTING customers?

  • Icepulse

    "@Pitch_Blak: I work at Bell Canada and I can confirm you that the iPhone isnt coming anytime soon (not 2009 and maybe not even 2010) in Canada.

    I'll wait for user's review to upgrade my 3G. If the FPS is way better on 3GS for games I'll probably upgrade. No front camera for video calls and no flash support are big letdowns for me. Before I even upgrade to 3.0 I'll wait a few days or weeks cause I cant allow my iPhone to freeze (like 2.0)."

    Well, they just announced that it'll be June 19th in US and Canada (among others)... maybe they're as tight-lipped w/ your company as they are w/ everyone else, keeping stuff under wraps (need-to-know basis) until the Keynote announcement.

    Anyway, "no flash support"...? Do you really give a @#$%? I find that absurd. Who cares?

  • Icepulse

    "@Pitch_Blak: I work at Bell Canada and I can confirm you that the iPhone isnt coming anytime soon (not 2009 and maybe not even 2010) in Canada.

    I'll wait for user's review to upgrade my 3G. If the FPS is way better on 3GS for games I'll probably upgrade. No front camera for video calls and no flash support are big letdowns for me. Before I even upgrade to 3.0 I'll wait a few days or weeks cause I cant allow my iPhone to freeze (like 2.0)."

    Well, they just announced that it'll be June 19th in US and Canada (among others)... maybe they're as tight-lipped w/ your company as they are w/ everyone else, keeping stuff under wraps (need-to-know basis) until the Keynote announcement.

    Anyway, "no flash support"...? Do you really give a @#$%? I find that absurd. Who cares?

  • wegmans

    this was such a big let down... I don't even know what else to say.. I would upgrade, but not for $700! they still can't figure out the background apps thing, can they?

  • wegmans

    this was such a big let down... I don't even know what else to say.. I would upgrade, but not for $700! they still can't figure out the background apps thing, can they?

  • Pitch_Blak

    @QuebecRage: Well, that sucks. I suppose it's time to move on to Rogers. =(

  • Pitch_Blak

    @QuebecRage: Well, that sucks. I suppose it's time to move on to Rogers. =(

  • lance

    @Pitch_Blak: I would definitely contact apple about exchanging for one of the new macbook pros for your mom. It certainly can't hurt.

  • lance

    @Pitch_Blak: I would definitely contact apple about exchanging for one of the new macbook pros for your mom. It certainly can't hurt.

  • Pitch_Blak

    @lance: I'll definately try that. Thanks for the advice. =D

    On the discussion with iPhone OS 3.0, will paying $10 for iPod Touch users cover more than one unit? My household has four of them, and they're all under the same iTunes account and credit card.

    Just curious. =)

  • Pitch_Blak

    @lance: I'll definately try that. Thanks for the advice. =D

    On the discussion with iPhone OS 3.0, will paying $10 for iPod Touch users cover more than one unit? My household has four of them, and they're all under the same iTunes account and credit card.

    Just curious. =)

  • rich_952000

    I called Apple, "we have no plans to accompdate those who have purchased an iPhone 3G". I'm getting ready to call AT&T where I'm sure it will be more of the same concerning the 3G S.

  • rich_952000

    I called Apple, "we have no plans to accompdate those who have purchased an iPhone 3G". I'm getting ready to call AT&T where I'm sure it will be more of the same concerning the 3G S.

  • Taylor Calderone

    LOL. I wonder what they'd say if someone asked them why it costs them $400 to break a contract?

  • Taylor Calderone

    LOL. I wonder what they'd say if someone asked them why it costs them $400 to break a contract?

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  • VoodooVyper

    What about prices for the iPod Touch 3G?
    I assume they will remain the same?
    Are they being released the same date as well?

  • VoodooVyper

    What about prices for the iPod Touch 3G?
    I assume they will remain the same?
    Are they being released the same date as well?

  • Daniel

    I just purcahsed an iPhone last Monday but heard rumors about a new phone surfacing on Wednesday, so I called AT&T last week and they said that they didn't know of any new phone and said that if it ain't on their apple website, then the rumors probably aren't true.

    So now it's Monday morning a week later and have found out that there is indeed a new iPhone being released. I called back AT&T and I initially asked them if they were getting new iphones, they again said that they didn't know of anything. I told them to go the apple site and the clerk was silent. I aksed him if I could return and exchange the phone because it hasen't been a full month since I first bought it and he said that fine, just need all the original packaging the receipts.

    I'm slightly pissed because when I bought it, I asked the sales man when he thought the new iPhone was going to be released and he said that it wasn't going to be for a long time, so I believed him. Of course, it's not his fault because nobody really knew at that point. I'm so glad it's being released this month and not next, otherwise, I would had to purcahsed a new phone all over again.

  • Daniel

    I just purcahsed an iPhone last Monday but heard rumors about a new phone surfacing on Wednesday, so I called AT&T last week and they said that they didn't know of any new phone and said that if it ain't on their apple website, then the rumors probably aren't true.

    So now it's Monday morning a week later and have found out that there is indeed a new iPhone being released. I called back AT&T and I initially asked them if they were getting new iphones, they again said that they didn't know of anything. I told them to go the apple site and the clerk was silent. I aksed him if I could return and exchange the phone because it hasen't been a full month since I first bought it and he said that fine, just need all the original packaging the receipts.

    I'm slightly pissed because when I bought it, I asked the sales man when he thought the new iPhone was going to be released and he said that it wasn't going to be for a long time, so I believed him. Of course, it's not his fault because nobody really knew at that point. I'm so glad it's being released this month and not next, otherwise, I would had to purcahsed a new phone all over again.

  • Pitch_Blak

    So I called Apple about the MacBook Pro. Seems I have to pay 200 bucks to re-stock it, and to ship it back costs too. I got $150 back for the difference (between what I paid and the new cost) at least, but taking the restocking fee out of that will still result in money out of my own pocket. And even stranger, the Macbook Pro I ordered is now not on the website at all.

    In other words, I paid for a now out-of-date computer.

    Stranger still, I'm covered by the 10 day policy (the computer shipped on the third and I got it this past Friday), yet they still didn't cut me some slack.

  • Pitch_Blak

    So I called Apple about the MacBook Pro. Seems I have to pay 200 bucks to re-stock it, and to ship it back costs too. I got $150 back for the difference (between what I paid and the new cost) at least, but taking the restocking fee out of that will still result in money out of my own pocket. And even stranger, the Macbook Pro I ordered is now not on the website at all.

    In other words, I paid for a now out-of-date computer.

    Stranger still, I'm covered by the 10 day policy (the computer shipped on the third and I got it this past Friday), yet they still didn't cut me some slack.

  • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Yoshi 256

    Why should I purchase iPhone 3.0 for $9.95 as a touch user, when most of the new features are only useful for iPhone users?
    I don't wanna pay for firmware updates.

  • http://www.obamanetwork.eu Yoshi 256

    Why should I purchase iPhone 3.0 for $9.95 as a touch user, when most of the new features are only useful for iPhone users?
    I don't wanna pay for firmware updates.

  • Andy

    Does anyone know when the new Iphone will hit the stores in North America

  • Andy

    Does anyone know when the new Iphone will hit the stores in North America

  • mgabrys

    Note to gen 1 iphone users whose plans are about to expire - AT&T reps confirmed - apart from an 18-dollar "transfer fee" - your plan migrates to new equipment as-is. The upshot? You pay 360.00 per-year less than new users for the same plan on the new hardware (450minutes, 200messages, unlimited data at 59.99 vs new customers paying 74.99).

    The savings basically more than pay for the new phone.

    Early adopter for the WIN.

  • mgabrys

    Note to gen 1 iphone users whose plans are about to expire - AT&T reps confirmed - apart from an 18-dollar "transfer fee" - your plan migrates to new equipment as-is. The upshot? You pay 360.00 per-year less than new users for the same plan on the new hardware (450minutes, 200messages, unlimited data at 59.99 vs new customers paying 74.99).

    The savings basically more than pay for the new phone.

    Early adopter for the WIN.

  • Mike

    @recent purchase complainers

    How can a person make a major purchase without doing any research whatsoever? If one of two major Apple events is taking place soon, DON'T BUY ANYTHING APPLE SELLS.

  • Mike

    @recent purchase complainers

    How can a person make a major purchase without doing any research whatsoever? If one of two major Apple events is taking place soon, DON'T BUY ANYTHING APPLE SELLS.

  • Currymutton

    I echo what Mike says, It is a norm when Apple is holding an event, hold off any purchases. Of course, there are exceptions, like the new iPod Shuffle...

  • Currymutton

    I echo what Mike says, It is a norm when Apple is holding an event, hold off any purchases. Of course, there are exceptions, like the new iPod Shuffle...

  • Currymutton

    Andy, reports say that iPhone 3GS will be available in US aournd 19 June, along with iPhone OS 3.0, and August for the rest of the world. I suggest it would be best to check with your local stores first.

  • Currymutton

    Andy, reports say that iPhone 3GS will be available in US aournd 19 June, along with iPhone OS 3.0, and August for the rest of the world. I suggest it would be best to check with your local stores first.

  • Mike

    I've been reading in different blogs different things but maybe Toucharcade can clear this up:

    To get peer-to-peer gaming in the same room can you use bluetooth and not wifi? Or is wifi still necessary to game with the iPhone 3.0 OS?

    NYT says you need wifi, other blogs say you can use bluetooth to connect.

  • Mike

    I've been reading in different blogs different things but maybe Toucharcade can clear this up:

    To get peer-to-peer gaming in the same room can you use bluetooth and not wifi? Or is wifi still necessary to game with the iPhone 3.0 OS?

    NYT says you need wifi, other blogs say you can use bluetooth to connect.

  • randomdude

    @Mike The Wi-Fi part is for online gaming like playing against people on the same sever while the Bluetooth Peer to Peer is for people next to you like if you have a psp then this will be easier for you. Infastructure-Wi-Fi while Ad-Hoc is Bluetooth for the iDevice

  • randomdude

    @Mike The Wi-Fi part is for online gaming like playing against people on the same sever while the Bluetooth Peer to Peer is for people next to you like if you have a psp then this will be easier for you. Infastructure-Wi-Fi while Ad-Hoc is Bluetooth for the iDevice

  • mikeG

    i dont get that, why is it free for the iphone and not for the ipod touch? we payed alot for the device too! i think we should get in on the free updates as well....

  • mikeG

    i dont get that, why is it free for the iphone and not for the ipod touch? we payed alot for the device too! i think we should get in on the free updates as well....