It would be incredibly difficult to complain at Apple right now as the company closes its strongest quarter to date, although Wall Street does beg to differ. Despite reports to the contrary, iPad and iPhone sales have remained a powerful force in sales as they both ascend further with unmatched numbers. With Apple brining in another billion-dollar figure to its stockpile of cash, follow us after the break as we break down the sales that led Apple to such an industry-leading profit - and why the market finds itself disappointed.
A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit regarding the performance of the antenna of the original iPhone 4, previously known as a phenomenon dubbed Antennagate. As part of the agreement reached, owners of the original iPhone, will be allowed to choose one between two forms of compensation from
Earlier this week Apple announced they would be taking iPad app submissions, and from what has been discovered on iTunes Preview — a section of Apple's site that lists of all of the apps in the iTunes App Store — it appears Apple has already started approving iPad apps. This was first noticed with games that appear multiple times, having "HD" or "XL" in their titles (presumably meaning they are built for the larger iPad resolution). These games appear on the iTunes Preview page, but the HD or XL versions don't appear in the iTunes App Store.
We also found two apps from The Omni Group on this page which have been rumored to be in the works, OmniGraffle and OmniGraphSketcher. Likewise, these do not appear in the iTunes App Store either. Another exciting find was six listings for Command & Conquer Red Alert, with only two being available in the App Store.
EA's new racing game, Need For Speed Shift [App Store, $9.99], is now available. The new title includes 20 different cars (including the BMW M3 GT2, Lamborghini Gallardo & Pagani Zonda), 18 tracks in various international locations (Chicago, London & Tokyo) and a multiplayer mode with up to 6 players over WiFi or Bluetooth.
EA has announced Mirror's Edge, a new 3D game for the iPhone and iPod touch based on it's console and PC counterpart. It places you in control of Faith Connors, a member of the underground messenger group called "Runners" who distribute information in a world where it is heavily monitored and restricted. You'll get to use her incredible acrobatic skills to outrun the enemy while delivering messages.
After a fair amount of anticipation, Electronic Arts has released its Rock Band [App Store, $9.99] music game for the iPhone and iPod touch handsets. According to iLounge, Rock Band for iPhone and iPod touch has players attempting to time up taps on a set of four virtual picks or drum pads to a cascade of corresponding notes that fall vertically down the screen, or sing along to notes that travel horizontally from right to left, depending on whether the player chooses guitar, bass, drums, or vocals.
They may not have meant to do this, but it's out there and it's en route. Per Mobilecrunch, EA Mobile has inadvertently confirmed an upcoming version of Rock Band for the iPhone and iPod touch.
EA Play, the iPhone branch of Electronic Arts Inc. has released The Sims 3 for iPhone and iPod touch. The Sims 3 is a virtual reality game that lets you control simulated people, – aka 'Sims'. Version 3 adds a pile of customizations, letting you create the most realistic people yet with several different personality traits.
EA Mobile has announced five new games for the iPhone and iPod touch, adding to their lineup, including AMERICAN IDOL, Downtown Texas Hold'em, Mystery Mania, CRANIUM, and Hell's Kitchen. "This month's offerings are a true testament to the breadth of EA Mobile content available for consumers," said Adam Sussman, VP Global Publishing for EA Mobile. "EA Mobile has a game for everyone and every mood, whether players yearn to become a professional poker player or singing sensation; or would rather play puzzle challenges and solve mysteries."
Game developer EA announced that Spore Origins will be released later this month for the iPhone and iPod touch, but they also announced plans for at least nine additional games as well. Other games coming to the iPhone this month from the company include Yahtzee Adventures, EA Mini Golf, Lemonade Tycoon, Mahjong, Monopoly: Here & Now The World Edition, SimCity, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, Need for Speed Undercover and The Sims 3. They did not offer a schedule for their release. [via Macworld]