In a completely unexpected turn of events, Apple seems to have authorized FedEx and UPS to begin delivering iPhone 4's early. Some people are lucky enough to have their devices out for delivery today or in some cases even already delivered. Also, Apple has confirmed that other preorders will be arriving tomorrow, an entire day ahead of the original launch date. It's hard to say whether or not Apple is just throwing ravenous preorderers a bone, or if they're potentially attempting to defray the nearly inevitable launch fiasco experienced with the iPhone 3G when AT&T's servers simply could not handle all the activations on launch day.

Yesterday the developers of Carcassonne [$4.99] mentioned on Twitter that they've already got 1.1 submitted which contains high-resolution artwork for the iPhone 4, and if you own either Flight Control [99¢] or Real Racing [$4.99 / Free] updates are already on the App Store that take advantage of iOS 4 and the Retina Display of the iPhone 4.

One other thing that has us raising our eyebrow is that Real Racing just added full gyroscope support, which presumably means they've been testing on an actual device. This makes us wonder what other developers have been blessed by Apple with actual iPhone 4 hardware that will also have enhanced versions of their games appearing on the App Store shortly.

In the meantime, I've created a thread on our forums for any other confirmed iPhone 4 enhanced games that I encourage everyone to post in if they stumble across any other updates that mention anything to do with taking advantage of the iPhone 4.

  • Bell

    I tried the new Flight Control on the iPad, and the 1x resolution isn't any larger. Shouldn't it be?

    • SalsaMD

      But how does it look in 2X?

      • Bell

        Doubled.

    • Adams Immersive

      I wouldn’t expect anything new from iPad: it’s not running iOS 4 yet. In the fall, though, I’d expect to see 2x mode look sharper for many apps!

      I don’t expect the old 1x mode to go away: the reason it’s there is because that’s the size the UI is designed to be, and so 2x will in some cases be annoying to interact with.

    • http://ifonekit.com bomber

      The new high-res mode and high-resolution upscale will come with iOS4.0 for iPad in a few months.

    • thebleeptruth

      IMO it shouldn't be bigger. 1x should still simply be the same size as an iPhone screen. But i have question which I hope someone here answers: If an app gets an OS4 upgrade like how some games are doing now (ex. real racing), would this mean it's resolution in the iPad on 2X will also be better than it was previously? Or would these resolution enhancements have no effect whatsoever for an iPhone app running on 2x on an iPad?

      • Bell

        We've been told that these iphone apps with native 960x640 graphics for the retina display should run at 960x640 on the iPad. And of course that makes perfect sense - why would it down-size for the iPad? Perhaps bomber is right that the iPad will need iOS 4 (or more likely it will be called 4.1), but I haven't heard that before.

  • Bell

    I tried the new Flight Control on the iPad, and the 1x resolution isn't any larger. Shouldn't it be?

    • SalsaMD

      But how does it look in 2X?

      • Bell

        Doubled.

    • Adams Immersive

      I wouldn’t expect anything new from iPad: it’s not running iOS 4 yet. In the fall, though, I’d expect to see 2x mode look sharper for many apps!

      I don’t expect the old 1x mode to go away: the reason it’s there is because that’s the size the UI is designed to be, and so 2x will in some cases be annoying to interact with.

    • http://ifonekit.com bomber

      The new high-res mode and high-resolution upscale will come with iOS4.0 for iPad in a few months.

    • thebleeptruth

      IMO it shouldn't be bigger. 1x should still simply be the same size as an iPhone screen. But i have question which I hope someone here answers: If an app gets an OS4 upgrade like how some games are doing now (ex. real racing), would this mean it's resolution in the iPad on 2X will also be better than it was previously? Or would these resolution enhancements have no effect whatsoever for an iPhone app running on 2x on an iPad?

      • Bell

        We've been told that these iphone apps with native 960x640 graphics for the retina display should run at 960x640 on the iPad. And of course that makes perfect sense - why would it down-size for the iPad? Perhaps bomber is right that the iPad will need iOS 4 (or more likely it will be called 4.1), but I haven't heard that before.

  • Justin

    :( Damn my contract not being up until February!!!!! I am not paying $400 now when I could pay $200 then...but it still stinks.

  • Justin

    :( Damn my contract not being up until February!!!!! I am not paying $400 now when I could pay $200 then...but it still stinks.

  • lukeb

    I believe Apple is shipping early in order to reduce pre-order cancellations that will likely accompany the emerging reports of iOS 4 bugginess and incompatibility with current apps.

    • Dusse

      Yeah..right.

    • mike

      Um, doesn't it make more sense that they're trying to take some of the pressure off the network in anticipation of this Thursday's rush? Since they pre-ordered and reserved more phones than they though they were going to, this seems like a smart way to avoid a meltdown.

      If there were bugs and problems, wouldn't that can of worms have opened yesterday with the iOS4 release?

      Cancelled pre-orders... Ya, wouldn't want to have an extra iphone lying around considering they're back-ordered till august. How on earth would you get rid if it???

    • Lukeb

      Looks as if I was correct.

  • lukeb

    I believe Apple is shipping early in order to reduce pre-order cancellations that will likely accompany the emerging reports of iOS 4 bugginess and incompatibility with current apps.

    • Dusse

      Yeah..right.

    • mike

      Um, doesn't it make more sense that they're trying to take some of the pressure off the network in anticipation of this Thursday's rush? Since they pre-ordered and reserved more phones than they though they were going to, this seems like a smart way to avoid a meltdown.

      If there were bugs and problems, wouldn't that can of worms have opened yesterday with the iOS4 release?

      Cancelled pre-orders... Ya, wouldn't want to have an extra iphone lying around considering they're back-ordered till august. How on earth would you get rid if it???

    • Lukeb

      Looks as if I was correct.

  • araczynski

    they're sure going all out on fragmentation of their user base. sooner or later people are going to get sick of seeing 4 or 5 different version of every app.

    • SalsaMD

      How so? The iphone 4 optimized versions above are still backwards compatible with older devices and OS3. One might argue that but for non-optimized controls, iphone 4 graphics optimized editions may preclude the need for purchasing the ipad edition of the app.

    • ColinB

      There aren't 4 or 5 versions of every app. Maybe you misunderstood the article?

      • Sticktron

        But there *could* be, and it's a scary thought.
        (Standard, 3GS/IPT3, iPad, iPhone4 are all different configurations)

      • ColinB

        All app developers have to do is make sure their apps support the latest iOS. If it hasn't been fragmented by now its not going to happen. Why worry about things that are unlikely? Do you see apps out there now that explicitly say ONLY SUPPORTS IOS2.1 ect?

        Apple *could* also start insisting that you can only buy apps while eating cheese. For all we know the iPhone 4 may have a dairy products sensor in to enforce this. I for once resent Apple for possibly, maybe, enforcing an unreasonable cheese policy in the future.

  • araczynski

    they're sure going all out on fragmentation of their user base. sooner or later people are going to get sick of seeing 4 or 5 different version of every app.

    • SalsaMD

      How so? The iphone 4 optimized versions above are still backwards compatible with older devices and OS3. One might argue that but for non-optimized controls, iphone 4 graphics optimized editions may preclude the need for purchasing the ipad edition of the app.

    • ColinB

      There aren't 4 or 5 versions of every app. Maybe you misunderstood the article?

      • Sticktron

        But there *could* be, and it's a scary thought.
        (Standard, 3GS/IPT3, iPad, iPhone4 are all different configurations)

      • ColinB

        All app developers have to do is make sure their apps support the latest iOS. If it hasn't been fragmented by now its not going to happen. Why worry about things that are unlikely? Do you see apps out there now that explicitly say ONLY SUPPORTS IOS2.1 ect?

        Apple *could* also start insisting that you can only buy apps while eating cheese. For all we know the iPhone 4 may have a dairy products sensor in to enforce this. I for once resent Apple for possibly, maybe, enforcing an unreasonable cheese policy in the future.

  • Ryan Deighton

    Can someone enlighten me as to when the iPhone 4 will be available in Australia??

  • Ryan Deighton

    Can someone enlighten me as to when the iPhone 4 will be available in Australia??

  • skamando

    Gonna be saving up to buy one of these babies. Already a sixth of the way there.

  • skamando

    Gonna be saving up to buy one of these babies. Already a sixth of the way there.

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Still got exactly 1 year left with my 3gs, and I've gotta hand it to Firemint for not forgetting about us. The update runs as smooth and silky as Pammy's nether regions!

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      Real Racing that is (just need an online update now or a sequel)

  • Mr Slinky Spring

    Still got exactly 1 year left with my 3gs, and I've gotta hand it to Firemint for not forgetting about us. The update runs as smooth and silky as Pammy's nether regions!

    • Mr Slinky Spring

      Real Racing that is (just need an online update now or a sequel)

  • mardas pye

    So are these new iPhone 4 optimized versions going to look better on the iPad, or are devs going to lock out the higher res gfx on iPad to protect thieir 'HD' versions of apps?

    For example, Real Racing for iPhone got updated graphics for iPhone 4, does that mean iPad owners who own the iPhone version have no need for the iPad specific one now?

    • thebleeptruth

      I'd say that the iPad specific versions (HD versions) are of course still much much better than iPhone 4 enhanced versions (relatively hi-res, but still not HD), but true, I, being an iPad owner am very curious if these iPhone 4 enhanced versions when run on an iPad on 2X will also be better, graphics-wise, than they previously were, or would they have no effect whatsoever??

      Can someone please answer? Thanks!!!

  • mardas pye

    So are these new iPhone 4 optimized versions going to look better on the iPad, or are devs going to lock out the higher res gfx on iPad to protect thieir 'HD' versions of apps?

    For example, Real Racing for iPhone got updated graphics for iPhone 4, does that mean iPad owners who own the iPhone version have no need for the iPad specific one now?

    • thebleeptruth

      I'd say that the iPad specific versions (HD versions) are of course still much much better than iPhone 4 enhanced versions (relatively hi-res, but still not HD), but true, I, being an iPad owner am very curious if these iPhone 4 enhanced versions when run on an iPad on 2X will also be better, graphics-wise, than they previously were, or would they have no effect whatsoever??

      Can someone please answer? Thanks!!!

  • http://iphone4ever.eu tobiCOM

    I love my white iPhone 3GS and will wait for the white iPhone 4! Hope the end of the year so Apple said is near!

  • http://iphone4ever.eu tobiCOM

    I love my white iPhone 3GS and will wait for the white iPhone 4! Hope the end of the year so Apple said is near!