As mentioned in an earlier post, Apple’s WWDC keynote took place this morning and the new iPhone 3G S, the fastest member of the iPhone family, was announced. On the software front, iPhone OS 3.0 took center stage and a number of games and apps were demonstrated that utilize OS 3.0 functionality. Among them were Gameloft’s Asphalt 5 and ngmoco’s (just released) Star Defense. We were able to capture brief videos of the games in action during the keynote.
Gameloft’s Mark Hickey demonstrated Asphalt 5, which he calls the best racing game on the iPhone. Featuring online (WiFi) multiplayer and peer-to-peer (Bluetooth) one-on-one, Asphalt 5 will take advantage of iPhone OS 3.0 by offering content packs for sale ($.99 for a new racetrack + three new cars).
Neil Young and Stephanie Morgan of ngmoco demonstrated Star Defense, which launched today for $5.99 [App Store]. When iPhone OS 3.0 debuts, the game will feature additional, downloadable universes for a small fee.
iPhone OS 3.0 is set to debut on June 17th, free for iPhone users and a $9.95 upgrade for users of the iPod touch. The iPhone 3G S will be available on June 19th at a price of $199 for the 16GB unit and $299 for the 32GB unit.