Today, Apple announced the iPhone 5. Once again, it's thinner and more powerful than its predecessors. Mobile gaming just got that much better.
One of the biggest complaints about playing games on Apple's iPhones has been how cramped the screen feels. The iPhone 5's taller screen translates into more room in which to draw a gorgeous gameworld. Furthermore—and this is of paramount importance for gamers—there will be more space for touch-controls. Combined with the improved responsiveness of the new touchscreen, this latest hardware refresh means that the finicky imprecision plaguing iOS gaming could become a thing of the past.
Apple's new A6 chip should be good news for gamers, too, giving them more processing power for experiences that you used to only be able to find on hi-def displays. And, speaking of displays, the iPhone 5 screen comes closer to matching the 16x9 standard that gamers have come to expect, which will probably make the next wave of games feel as big and bold as they're used to.
This latest hardware refresh means that the finicky imprecision plaguing iOS gaming could become a thing of the past..
The faster speeds of a LTE connection—dependent on carrier—could enable synchronous, real-time multiplayer on the iPhone. During a demo of EA's Real Racing 3, mention was made of a "time-shifted head to head" feature in Game Center. Combine that with the ability to play with people on Apple's desktop and laptop platforms and you have a pocketable device that's one step closer to matching yet another feature on game consoles.