Apple Tablet Ahead of the Game

Posted on January 25, 2010 by .

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Apple Tablet Apple’s much awaited Tablet computer is a major gaming platform, analysts say. A large amount of video games publications have been invited to the event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The recent lack of announcements from several major iPhone game developers is being suggested as an indication that a number of major announcements are imminent.

Crunchgear reports that either Mirror’s Edge or World of Goo could debut on Wednesday, while the New York Times is also suggesting that the multi-touch interface popularized on the iPhone could be adapted for gaming on a larger 10-inch screen.

Mobile analytics firm Flurry, claims that the new tablet will also include applications built to fill “those in-between moments while in transit”, such as location-based information allowing users to search for nearby restaurants.

Flurry revealed that it found roughly 50 devices that “match the characteristics of Apple’s rumored tablet device,” operating from Apple’s Cupertino campus in California. The analysts say someone at Apple’s campus has been playing with applications containing Flurry’s tracking code.

Peter Farago, Flurry’s vice president of marketing wrote on the company’s blog:

“We have a fair level of confidence that we are observing a group of pre-release tablets in testing. Testing of this device increased dramatically in January, with observed signs of life as early as October of last year.”

Flurry claims it has seen roughly 200 applications used by Apple’s testers running an updated version of Apple’s iPhone OS.

In addition, analysts indicate that the tablet will include some applications aimed at classrooms and businesses, like a new version of Office-suite iWork maybe.

The emerging theme across all of these rumors is the extension of the iPhone’s multi-touch interface to a range of uses that have not previously benefited from the technology. It is, however, in line with what Microsoft is also predicting as the future of computing with its touch integration in Windows 7.

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