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How to view leaderboards, achievements, and more with Game Center on iPhone and iPad

How to view leaderboards, achievements, and more with Game Center on iPhone and iPad

If you play a lot of multiplayer games on your iPhone or iPad and have a Game Center account, you can easily create matches and play against your friends. Game Center is also great for tracking achievements inside a game as well as leaderboard standings between you and your friends. Not sure how...
How to accept Game Center friend requests on iPhone and iPad

How to accept Game Center friend requests on iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you've got Game Center. Once you log in, you're ready to start playing games with other opponents. You can share your Game Center ID with others and receive invites to become friends. From there you can view each other's achievements and challenge each other to...
How to remove a friend from Game Center on iPhone and iPad

How to remove a friend from Game Center on iPhone and iPad

If you use Game Center to play a lot of multiplayer games, you may start accumulating a lot of friends. If you start getting too many requests or just want to clean up your Game Center friends list a little, it's actually a pretty easy task. Here's how: Launch the Game Center app from the Home...

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Game Center slowly coming to life?

Apple's iOS Developer News is letting developers know how to set up Game Center achievements and leaderboard categories:

You can now set up metadata for your Game Center Achievements and Leaderboard Categories in iTunes Connect. Setting up these elements will allow you to test the full capabilities of Game Center for your app in the sandbox environment.

Apple announced Game Center way back in early April but instead of shipping it in June with iOS 4, they said it would be coming "later this year". The basic idea is to give "Xbox live" style social networking to iOS devices like iPhone and iPad.

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Game Center will not support iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod touch?

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 4.1 beta 3 for developers. Included in this release is the removal of Game Center support for the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod touch.

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iOS 4.1 features: Game Center take 2

iOS 4.1 beta comes with a newly re-designed Game Center preview. Game Center in its original form was present in all the iOS 4 betas but was removed from the general, public release. Previously all dark and blue and ovaly, that remains in the sign-up sections but the new Game Center has a background of billiard-table green and fonts -- well, that make Notes' Marker Felt seem restrained.

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Which iOS 4 feature are you most looking forward to?

Which iOS 4 feature are you most looking forward to?Market Research

TiPb’s done a HUGE iOS 4 feature walkthrough (seriously, every change we could find) but I’m still curious — which iOS 4 feature are you most looking forward to? Is it all about the multitasking? Were you desperate for folders? Game Center got you drooling? Bluetooth keyboard standing by?

With iOS 4 set to be released on Monday, June 21, there are only a few short days of anticipation left!

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iOS 4 review

Complete review of Apple's iOS 4 software for iPhone and iPod touch

iOS 4 (previously iPhone OS 4.0) continues Apple's relentless yearly mobile OS update cycle. If 2007 was the mainstreaming of the multitouch user interface, 2008 all about the App Store, and 2009 was filling in the feature list, then iOS 4 promises to be... well, that's why we're here.

(And yes, iOS. That's the new name Apple has licensed from trademark-holders Cisco to represent the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch -- and maybe soon the Apple TV and who knows what else -- family.)

Back on April 8 at the sneak preview event, Apple promised 7 "tent-pole" features and 100+ general user features overall, along with 1500 major new API for developers. We're going to walk you through the ones that matter most.

Note: iOS 4.1 is now available. See our complete iOS 4.1 walkthrough for the latest on Game Center, HDR photography, Ping social music network, and the other new features.

See also our iPhone 4 review for more on hardware specific features.

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More proof of video iChat, possible Game Center integration in iPhone OS 4 SDK beta 2

The evidence that iChat video is coming with the 4th generation iPhone continues to pile up with iPhone OS 4 beta 2 released just last week.

However, it does not end there. More code reveals that the iPhone must be registered for video conferencing along with the possibility of the feature only being used via Wi-Fi and not 3G data. So those who had hoped for video chat using their networks 3G connection may be a bit disappointed.

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iOS 4 Preview

iOS 4 (previously iPhone OS 4, iPhone 4.0) continues Apple's relentless yearly mobile OS beta and release cycle. If 2007 was the mainstreaming of the multitouch user interface, 2008 all about the app store, and 2009 filling in the feature list, then iPhone 4 promises to be... well, that's why we're here.

(And yes, iOS. That's the new name Apple has licensed from trademark holders Cisco to represent the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch -- and maybe soon Apple TV and who knows what else -- family.)

Apple promises 7 "tent-pole" features and 100+ new user features overall, along with 1500 major new APIs for developers. We're going to walk through the ones that matter most. As with previous years, Apple is likely to release a half-dozen or more betas, as often as every second week or so, leading up to a Gold Master (GM) seed on or around WWDC 2010 (date yet to be announced) for iPhone and iPod touch, and September for iPad.

Things can and will change. Features will come and go. And all sorts of iOS secrets will be discovered deep inside the code strings. We'll update when any of that happens.

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TiPb Live Podcast #94 -- iPhone 4.0-boy!

Join Rene, Phil, and Keith for post-iPhone 4.0 event analysis on multitasking, app folders, iBooks for iPhone, Game Center social network, mail enhancements, enterprise enhancements, iAds, and more. Listen in!

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Apple unleashes Game Center social network

While third parties have developed several of their own social gaming networks for the iPhone and iPad, Apple entered the space themselves today with iPhone 4.0 and their Game Center Social Network. (Think Microsoft Xbox Live or Sony Playstation Network for iPhone and iPad apps).

Features include inviting friends, matchmaking, leader-boards, and achievements. And because it's built into the OS, developers get it "for free". Hard to compete with that...

[Image via Gizmodo]

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