According to a new Halo rumor, game development studio Gearbox Software is said to be preparing to work on a new title believed to be Halo 4, also believed to be planned as a launch title for the next Xbox console.
While nothing official is being said right now, Gearbox head Randy Pitchford has posted a job listing for a senior artist and has said “I’ve started a new project. It’s big. It’s, like, look-at-our-line-up-and-imagine-something-even-bigger kind of big. I’m directing it myself. I can’t mention it publicly yet. When you find out what this is, you’ll likely agree that I can’t oversell this one.”
We’re likely quite a ways off from hearing anything about this or the next Xbox.
Apple has released another beta of their upcoming 2.1 firmware for iPhone’s. The description doesn’t say much more than “bug fixes” but one thing that some developers will notice right away is that early access to the push notification service has been pulled.
No word on whether it will make the initially promised September launch, so if you’re developing an app that would be using this service keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t miss the 2.1 update.
[Via Mac Rumors]
Most iPhone developers who grab a copy of the iPhone SDK from Apple’s iPhone developer website will get a copy of the latest SDK and pre-release 2.1 firmware without support for the upcoming Push Notification feature.
It looks like some developers, however, are a bit luckier than the rest of us and already have a copy of the new Push Notification API to start playing with.
I’m curious to see how developers take advantage of this. It’s interesting how Apple plans to implement it. As you might recall, Apple announced at this years WWDC that when Push Notification arrives it won’t allow applications to run in the background which is how it’s typically done. Instead, the applications will register itself with a background notification service–a “hotel operator”–that will distribute notifications that come in.
It looks like at least one iPhone developer will be offering a solution for the iPhone 3G’s lack of support for voice dialing.
Fonix Speech will be releasing a product called iSpeak, presumably through the App Store, that will allow you to execute various functions on your iPhone 3G (sorry, looks like the first generation iPhone will not be supported) by using your voice.
What kinds of functions? Looks like these will be supported:
- Dial a phone number or a name in your contact list
- Browse your music library
- Begin playing a song or playlist
According to Fonix Speech, iSpeak “includes a run-time engine that sits on the phone allowing users to interact with the personal contents of their Apple iPhone™. Unlike other voice applets that enable voice search of the Internet by sending commands over the airwaves, this client-side application gives users the power of voice interaction with their personal content and eliminates network latency.”
No word on pricing or a release date but let’s hope for cheap and soon, and that it works as advertised.
For more info check out the press release here.
Apple has released another updated to the iPhone SDK, this time Beta 8.
The new build of the SDK is 1.25GB and includes a new iPhone firmware. A new version of iTunes, version 7.7, is also available for developers to download but it isn’t yet released to the general public.
I just checked the dev site and the release notes they have posted are for the previous version still (Beta 7) so I’m no sure yet exactly what might be new in this version.
If you remember a when the iPhone Dev Program was first announced by Apple there were complaints that nearly everyone was being rejected.
Looks like that wasn’t far from the truth.
During his keynote, Steve Jobs mentioned how many developers applied to be an iPhone developer (25,000) and how many were accepted into the program (4,000).
TUAW caught this and did the math. The results? About 16 percent of those who applied were accepted into the program.
The $99 annual fee got a LOT of people excited about developing for the iPhone. I’m sure more will be accepted into the program as it matures, but for the 21,000 that we’re yet accepted it’s got to be quite a buzz kill.
Ready or not, here comes another update to the iPhone SDK.
Today Apple released beta 7 of their iPhone SDK. I can’t tell you what’s new yet…I can’t even get the file right now (their server is a little bit slammed at the moment).
Maybe you’ll have better luck–look for it in the iPhone Dev Center.
TUAW received a tip about a possible new Apple computer targeting developers could be announced tomorrow morning at WWDC.
Allegedly called the “Fusion”, this new Mac features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and run Boot Camp to allow you to boot into Linux, Windows or Mac OS X and encourages developers to use it to port their applications to Mac.
From the screenshot:
“Building your applications for the Mac has never been easier. Mac Fusion was designed exclusively for new developers wishing to port their existing programs to the Mac without breaking the bank. Mac Fusion allows you to explore the power and stability of Mac OS X while keeping the ability to run alternative operating systems, such as Windows or Linux, via Boot Camp.”
Guess we’ll find out Monday morning if this is true or not.
For a few screenshots that may or may not be real check out this post at TUAW.
In addition to releasing the 10.5.3 update for their Leopard operating system, Apple today released an updated version of their iPhone SDK, bringing it to beta 6.
Not much is known right now about beta 6 of the iPhone SDK except that it’s big (around 1.2GB) and requires Leopard 10.5.3.
For more info and to download the latest SDK check out Apple’s iPhone DevCenter here.
If you’ve been thinking about attending Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference next month and haven’t gotten tickets, you can stop worrying about it–the event is sold out.
Videos of sessions will be available in iTunes after the conference wraps, but you won’t be able to get in anymore in person.
Be sure to check back to this blog for info on whatever Steve Jobs announces in his keynote on June 9th.