As officially announced and in some cases speculated, in September Apple will come with a lot of goodies that are already carrying both users and developers of their feet. The sixth-gen iPhone with a faster and a cutting-edge processor, a larger display, and more powerful graphics, iOS 6 with NFC, iWallet, a revolutionary payments system, new maps, and Facebook integration are only few of the surprises to challenge the developers.
- With Google out of the picture, the same will happen with Google Maps and YouTube. The latest iOS 6 Beta version released does not include YouTube anymore, thus, developers should be prepared to develop a YouTube app for iOS 6.
- As announced at WWDC, Apple will add Bluetooth sharing to iOS 6. This widens the horizons, giving to developers the options to integrate this feature in their apps in order to make them work better, especially when it comes to photo and video sharing apps. Moreover, if we are to add the Facebook integration, too, making apps will definitely come to a new dimension.
- The fact that Apple was granted with iWallet patents and that it bought AuthenTec, a company that produces chips for fingerprint recognition and NFC, cannot but to inform us that iPhone 5 will come with NFC and with a mobile payments system. As Fueled suggests, this should make developers think of making a gaming app that allows players to exchange items or tokens.
- Last but not least, it is confirmed by lots of leaked parts that the new iPhone will have a larger screen, involving thus a more powerful processor and advanced graphics. This being the situation, gaming on iPhones will be the next big thing about the iPhone 5, leaving aside the camera. The Retina Display on the new MacBook Pro was and still is a truly challenge for developers, but the Retina Display on an iPhone should be nothing but fun.
These are the options, so developers, get prepared!