Apple tablet to be major gaming platform
Multitouch interface looks to be further integrated into a range of applications
Apple’s forthcoming tablet computer could emerge as a major gaming platform, according to reports analysing who has been invited to this Wednesday’s launch event.
Video games publications “large and small” have been invited to the event that will take place in San Francisco, and 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 is reporting 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 popularised on the iPhone could be adapted for gaming on a larger, probably 10-inch screen.
According to mobile analytics firm Flurry, the new tablet will also include applications that are built to fill “those in-between moments and while in transit”, such as location-based information allowing users to search for nearby restaurants.
In addition, analysts are indicating that the tablet will include some applications aimed at classroom uses and for business, citing a new version of Office-suite iWork as an example.
The emerging theme across all of these rumours is the extension of the iPhone’s multitouch 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.