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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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iOS 4.3 will include photo-heavy features: FaceTime for iPad, PhotoBooth and PhotoStream service

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Apple’s developer release of iOS 4.3 Beta 2 has provided solid evidence that the iPad2 will have at least one camera. This release included a home page icons image that’s used in the wallpaper settings, showing the standard icons on your choice of wallpaper to preview how your choice will appear (any iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad user should be familiar with this). On the image provided, 3 new icons were discovered: FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth. The Camera app doesn’t necessarily discern whether there will be a front and back-facing camera set, but it implies there will be at least one on the device. FaceTime is by no means a surprise, but helps to cement the addition of a camera to the hardware, considering the use of FaceTime on the next-gen iPad has been discussed feverishly for the last few months.

PhotoBooth is a nice complement to the camera. I have been wishing for the inclusion of Apple photo editing software in one of the firmware upgrades for a while now, and am happy to see PhotoBooth ported from Mac OS X to their handheld series. For those of you unfamiliar with PhotoBooth, the primary feature that will be transferred to iOS is quoted [from their website] as:

The fun begins.

Sure, you can take regular photos, but the real fun starts when you use the cool effects and backdrops in Photo Booth. Snap a photo of yourself at the Eiffel Tower or in outer space. Twist and twirl your smile with the strange Twirl effect. Add an artistic look with the Colored Pencil effect. Experiment with all the effects to transform your look.

Many third-party developers have created their own renditions of photo editing apps for the App Store, but I feel as if PhotoBooth will be the perfect solution. (Then again, I loved iMovie, but it wasn’t received too terribly well.) The last chunk of the photo features rumored/confirmed to be arriving in iOS 4.3 lay in what has become known as PhotoStream. The following is speculation from 9to5Mac, written by Mark Gurman, and I felt it was incredibly interesting:

Hidden deep in the iOS 4.3 file system is a new folder titled “Media Stream.” Within that folder is some information about “Photo Streaming.” From the looks of different alerts and plists, it appears that Apple will let iPhone users set up “Photo Streams” that friends could “subscribe” to. Also, it looks like there will be some privacy preferences related to this, so you can choose who is allowed to view your “Streams.”

With Photo Streams, you will also be allowed to “invite” other users to view your pictures as you take them and upload them to a service. This service looks like it is connected to MobileMe, and we speculate that “Media Stream” can be directly connected to “Find my Friends.” We think Find my Friends will be another aspect of Apple’s social network, a part of a free MobileMe, where you can choose to view your friends’ “Photo Streams” all on that same map. Apple has a patent on something called iGroups relating to this. This would clearly tie into the Mac and iOS photo app’s Places feature. From looking at the SDK, it looks like “Media Stream” could very well also have a plugin counterpart, like AirPlay, in 3rd party apps.

From the actual operating system, not the SDK, we could only find references and graphics relating to the “Photo Stream” feature, not the “Media Stream” feature in general. We speculate that Apple is currently working on “Media Stream” and this is going to go way beyond photos in the future. We think Apple will expand this to music and videos, maybe like AirPlay between mobile iOS devices where you can watch or listen to your friends’ media and of course Apple will provide easy buy links to iTunes.

I actually hope that Mr. Gurman is correct in most of his theories. Sounds like a fantastic step forward out of Apple Nazi-dom and into a more people-friendly space. Besides, Facebook is good and all, but I would love to see Apple create a legitimate contender.

[Sources: TUAW, MacRumors, 9to5Mac, Apple]

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3D Disney Phone to be released in Japan

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Disney Mobile has ceased to exist here stateside, but thrives overseas in the Asian market. As Disney’s first foray into the smartphone industry, they have decided to release the 3D Sharp Galapagos 003SH as their first handset with Mickey branding. The handheld will indeed be a 3D smartphone and shows that Disney is excited to promote the new dimension of mobile media. Despite Steve Jobs’ position on the company’s board of directors, Disney has decided to preload the device with Android instead of Jobs’ iOS. Essentially the software is a Disneyfied version of Froyo with a Disney email address, exclusive content, and optional custom Disney-themed cases. Disney, through Pixar, already has a deep gallery of 3D material to release for the device, including both games and movies. Although the “Disney Phone” will not be coming stateside (it will be released in Japan later this month)… the 3D Sharp Galapagos 003SH is slated for release later this year, without the Disney branding. It is rumored that there will be 3D Disney media available for download when it comes to US shores.

Non-Disney 003SH

[Sources: Engadget, PocketNow]

Zombie Infection 2 (Gameloft) coming to iOS soon?

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Zombie Infection, Gameloft’s Resident Evil/Left 4 Dead clone, might have a sequel coming soon to the App Store. Gameloft’s Mobile Game of the Week on their Website is none other than Zombie Infection 2. The description is as follows:

There’s no end in sight as the Zombie Infection continues its destructive path across continents. Now, three brave souls must work together as they venture deep into the Brazilian jungle, mines, a secret lab and more to root out the source of the disease. Survive zombie attacks on a scale never seen before, including infected bats, sharks and other abominations. Use stealth and cunning or utilize new weapons including a flamethrower, grenades or melee weapons to keep the dead at bay, and even jump inside a speedboat for dramatic escapes.

There is no product page for ZI 2 on the website, but considering porting from mobile to iOS is not incredibly hard, and that the original was received so well by the handheld gamers (4/5 stars on the App Store, 9.7 reader score on IGN) I’m sure that we will see the sequel arrive soon enough.

[Source: Gameloft]

More high profile gaming on the iPhone: Devil May Cry 4 & Resident Evil

January 14, 2011 2 comments

Two of Capcom’s major players in the video game industry are coming to iOS within the next two months. Resident Evil Mercenaries is coming sometime in February and Devil May Cry 4 Refrain will be on the App Store by the end of the month.

Devil May Cry 4 Refrain

The 3D action game follows the same plot as its older console brother with players controlling Nero instead of Dante. Nero’s arsenal includes guns, a sword and his demon hand. The gameplay is simple, composed of 10 maze-like levels, some ending in huge main bosses while some just have smaller ones along the way. Any enemy that Nero destroys drops red orbs that can be used to upgrade and unlock new attacks. The initial game will be released at the end of this month for $6.99 and will be followed up by updates that add new content. Slidetoplay’s preview:

The game certainly looks good, with Retina-rich graphics and some quality animation. We’re not sure yet if the rhythm of the console game will come across well in the handheld version, since Capcom iPhone games like Resident Evil 4 and Dead Rising Mobile have recently emphasized their quick playability over depth.

Resident Evil Mercenaries Vs

Fans of the Resident Evil series probably recognize Mercenaries as the unlockable bonus mode awarded for beating the game. It offers a faster, more action-heavy alternative to the slow, intense horror-survival gameplay. Resident Evil Mercenaries is Capcom’s first foray into online multiplayer titles on the iOS platform. Using Game Center, you’ll be able to match up and play against friends or complete strangers in two-on-two team battles or four player free-for-alls, in which the objective is to score the highest by killing zombies and the other players. This is Capcom’s third installment to their Resident Evil for iOS series with RE: Degeneration and RE 4: Mobile Edition preceding it (big shoes to fill). In addition to the online mode, their are two offline single-player modes – a training mode where you play against AI opponents and coin shoot mode (where you shoot blue coins dangling from string around the level). Slidetoplay’s preview:

Despite the choppy preview build, we couldn’t be happier that Capcom is taking Resident Evil online on the iPhone. Only having one arena and two playable characters is a bit limiting, but Mercenaries mode on the consoles is known for being endlessly replayable. If more options arrive down the line in the form of updates, we can see this being a pretty spectacular online shooter.