Apple’s WWDC kicks off at 6PM UK time this evening. We know that iOS 6 is going to be a large topic of discussion, banners were snapped during the stage set-up yesterday. What we don’t know for sure is what might be included in the new operating system.
There are the usual glut of rumours, this time based around updated maps applications, Siri’s iPad arrival and system-level facebook integration. What might be most interesting to us from a gaming perspective though, are the hints that iOS 6 might skip the first generation iPad. Just this morning, a Chinese website, weiPhone.com published links to Apple’s iOS 6 resources for developers.
The links don’t work yet – not until Apple makes those locations live – but the same site has been accurate in the past with similar early-linking. But there is no development kit listed for the original iPad. Strange, considering that the iPhone 3GS, an older device with a slower processor, is accounted for.
The mobile sector, and iOS in particular, is responsible for the most growth in today’s gaming market but traditional gamers have often struggled to embrace it.
The iPad offers genuine potential to act as a way for console gamers to ease themselves into touchscreen gaming and the gaming (and entertainment streaming) potential of iPad, Airplay and Apple TV has led many to chase a similar set up with second screens emerging as the big buzz from this year’s E3.
But if the iPad is only going to have a generational lifespan of around two and a half years, won’t that be enough to discourage most of us from making that first, expensive foray into Apple’s potential gaming solution?