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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:17am 11/10/11 | 11 Comments
There might be some concern over the fact the iPhone 4S isn't the leap everyone hoped for, especially in the wake of Jobs' passing, but mobile space middleware king, Unity, is a perfect fit for the incrementally updated phone. At least that's according to CEO David Helgason.

"Nobody doubts that the 5G, a mythical beast at this point, will be awesome too, but I think it's smart for Apple to pace themselves," he told Gamasutra.

"[With 4S] you can throw more content at it, high-polygon meshes, more advanced shader effects, more beautiful stuff," he added. "Consumer journalists will criticise it, but it's perfect for developers.

"You can put some extra effort into making sure it looks prettier and has some extra coolness running on a 4S, but you don't end up in a situation where you have to build something completely different."

It's an interesting angle on the development side of smartphones, and given the strength of Unity as a cross-platform engine, equally good to hear the 4S will offer a better, more stable home for the booming indie development scene these devices helped blossom.



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TufNuT
Posted 10:29am 11/10/11
sounds more like a bucket of bull for the benefit of the sheep
Fixah
Posted 10:53am 11/10/11
Yeah sounds like a copp out because they realise it's becoming a flopp out.

Still, it's worthy of a pre-order innit teq, seeing how you're a developer for iPhone and all.
teq
Posted 11:03am 11/10/11
well, i develop my own apps for my home automation
but I'm hardly an iOS developer, because I make too much money pimping your mum out
Fixah
Posted 11:16am 11/10/11
Oh, speaking of iOS developers, look who decided to join us in this thread.

Now proceed to wank, vigorously.

iSSHOLE.
3dee
Posted 12:04pm 11/10/11
Ugh, another discussion about the fact that Apple didn't release a 5 when their history suggested a 4S anyway. Hell, there's been 1M 4S pre-orders in the first day when there was only 660K for the iPhone 4.
copuis
Posted 12:10pm 11/10/11
what history, this is only there 5th phones, hardly enough to warrant a strong history
2G
3G
3GS
4
4S

the only thing i can think of is they got scared not having a letter after the number, this is also only the second phone to wear an S badge

on a side, how does iOS 5 run on the 3GS?
teq
Posted 12:19pm 11/10/11
I got my dock and HDMI <-> iPhone cable today, works on my iPhone4 but doesn't do video out all the time - only when playing youtubes and videos
supposedly on the 4s it just duplicates the screen to the HDMI destination

I love how fast their shipping etc is
simul
Posted 12:39pm 11/10/11
Having built for both android and iOS I can say:

1. Java is a much much much nicer language than objective-c
2. iOS is a much nicer and reliable platform to develop for with much more mature APIs

As much as I hate the language (and enjoy Java), iOS is indeed nicer to develop for in the project lifecycle.
Jayman
Posted 08:41pm 11/10/11
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4951/iphone-4s-preliminary-benchmarks-800mhz-a5-slightly-slower-gpu-than-ipad-2

Benchamrks for the new 4S. Seems to spank the competition still, even at lower clock speeds.
parabol
Posted 08:40pm 11/10/11
As much as I hate the language (and enjoy Java), iOS is indeed nicer to develop for in the project lifecycle.

Don't you need actual apple hardware to develop on for iOS development? Or at least some paid version of OSX inside a virtualised environment (which is dodgy at best)?

Whereas with android you can develop on windows, linux and on a mac ...
"[With 4S] you can throw more content at it, high-polygon meshes, more advanced shader effects, more beautiful stuff," he added. "Consumer journalists will criticise it, but it's perfect for developers.

That is the most unconvincing argument I have heard all month.

last edited by parabol at 20:40:02 11/Oct/11
Sosuke
Posted 09:20pm 11/10/11
Apple's waiting till Samsung release Galaxy 3 then it will release iphon5 with similar features.
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