iPod touch 4 (2010) is thinner and more powerful, with Retina Display, FaceTime, HD video, and Game Center. If you've heard about it but haven't tried it, if you're thinking about iPod touch vs. iPhone 4 vs. iPad, if you just want to know how this year's model is different than the last, then this is the video for you.
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If you're trying to keep track of all the newly updated, Game Center enabled games for iOS 4.1, look no further than the App Store where Apple has gone and created a special page just to list them for your viewing -- and buying -- pleasure.
There's about a dozen and half games now but we're guessing it will fill out quickly now that iOS 4.1 is live.
If you've tried some out, let us know your favorites.
Ms. Pac Man from Namco is first out the gate with iOS 4.1 Game Center support, but there are plenty more to come. We'll update this post -- and we'll keep updating our new Game Center games tracker in the iPhone Forums -- as new ones arrive, but here's a first look at Leaderboards and Achievements... after the break!
Looks like Apple has just reset Game Center, their new social gaming network, and any developers testing the service on the Gold Master (GM) seed are now greeted with a "create new account" screen. Moreover, all existing Friends are gone, meaning if you intend to keep connected when iOS 4.1 goes live this week, you'll have to send and approve your friend requests all over again.
That is, if Apple doesn't reset it again before launch. But that's what development builds are for, right?
UPDATE: Apple has also confirmed compatibility for Game Center:
Steve Jobs announced the headlines during Apple's 2010 special music event and they include Game Center social gaming network, TV rentals, iTunes Ping social music network, HDR photography, and HD video uploads. (Yes, Apple is introducing not one but two new social networks.)
More importantly for some, proximity sensor misfires, Bluetooth woes, and the abysmal performance on iPhone 3G appear to be fixed.
We'll be covering all of that and more below. For anything and everything that hasn't changed, check out our massive iOS 4 walkthrough because we won't be repeating all that here
Note: this walkthrough is based on the GM (gold master) version of iOS 4.1. We'll continue to add to and improve it as needed, and update once iOS 4.1 release version hits, probably on Wednesday September 8.
Those features are certainly impressive, those fixes certainly much needed. But is that all we'll get? There's no way to know what Apple will do in the future, but we can look at what they've done with past iOS x.1 releases for clues...
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.