Apple might want to enter the mobile gaming race as well, having filed a new patent that uses multitasking input techniques, allowing iPod and iPhone users to enjoy interactive games on their device’s touchscreen display without losing control of the touchscreen’s secondary application (take for example, its digital music player application). Looks like some DS-like titles might actually be ported over to the iPod and iPhone should this patent be implemented, eh?
“One aspect of the invention provides a game input area (surface or plane) that can receive input for multiple applications including an interactive application executed in connection with a scene displayed on a display,” the filing states. “Input is directed to the appropriate application based on one or more locations (e.g., points, positions, regions, portions) of the input area effectively identified when input is received (e.g., when input is entered by a person by touching a particular position on a touch screen).”
How else do you think Apple can improve when it comes to games on the iPod and iPhone?
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