Josh Centers of TidBITS made several salient points as to why Apple is set to become a big player in the gaming industry.
According to Josh Centers:
In fact, given some of Apple’s new technologies, the secrecy surrounding them, and other information we’ve obtained, I believe that Apple is about to launch a surprise attack on the entire gaming market. Let’s examine the evidence and propose some possibilities.
Sprite Kit — A new API available in iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Sprite Kit promises to make 2D game programming a piece of cake for developers. Sprite Kit takes care of the trickiest parts of game development, like movement, physics, and particles.
Even more interesting is how secretive Apple has been about Sprite Kit. Yes, Apple acknowledged its existence at the WWDC 2013 keynote, but it saved the demonstration for the under-wraps, NDA-protected Platforms State of the Union. (If you have a paid Apple Developer account, I highly recommend watching the video of that session.)
I can’t discuss the demonstration itself, but iOS developer Greg Carter was so inspired that he decided to make a game himself. Despite having no game development experience, Sprite Kit enabled him to create a variant of Minesweeper with animations and particles.
I concur with Josh Centers, I suspect Apple is about to announce something big at the October 22 event. I’ve also seen the Sprite Kit video and it’s as good as Centers proclaimed.
Logitech Gamepad Leaked:
Logitech gamepad for iPhone pic.twitter.com/Fhhnw5fVVP
— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 1, 2013