1. PompiPompi's Avatar
    I am a mobile game developer. I have an iPad 3(new), and iPod touch.
    Both of these devices do not support Metal or GLES3 so I am eyeing either the iPhone 6 + or the iPad Air 2.
    Ironically(or not) the bigger more powerful iPad Air2 is cheaper than iPhone 6 +.
    However, I got a very old Note 1 phone which would be nice to replace with an iPhone 6+(as my personal phone).

    Since iPhone 6+ is expensive(for me), I thought it would make sense to wait for the next iPhone announcement because then the iPhone 6+ might get cheaper.

    However, what if the new iPhone 7 or whatever they announce have new technologies that are useful for game developer but they won't be available on iPhone 6+?

    So I guess my question is, do you think there is going to be some sort of new technology relevant for game developers that won't be available for iPhone 6+?
    I would think Metal and GLES3 are advanced enough that there might not be anything that will replace it.
    Unless the iPhone 7 will have a newer version of Metal and GLESX that only it's chip will support the new features?

    I guess it makes sense to wait anyway and only then decide if I should buy the iPhone6+ or something newer.
    03-31-2015 12:55 PM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I think most of the new tools available for developers came with iOS 8. But even if iOS 9 adds a few more, the 6+ will get them. I doubt they would be hardware features, except for maybe camera improvements. But that's just my opinion.


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    03-31-2015 01:09 PM
  3. PompiPompi's Avatar
    Well I guess it would help if we knew of a new chip in the working like A9(or is it A10 now?), but iPhone 6S might get the same chip as iPhone 6+?
    Maybe we could search the company that makes/design/manufacture chips for iPhone? They might be working on a new chip.
    Not entirely sure who designs/manufacture the AX series chips.
    03-31-2015 01:12 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The 6S/6+S will probably get an A9 chip. The 7 will probably have an A10. As far as who designs the chips, it is customized by Apple in-house but based off of ARM reference designs. The GPU is likewise customized by Apple but based off of PowerVR designs. Apple then contracts out the manufacturing often to Samsung although some of the A8 manufacturing was done by Pegatron, I think.
    03-31-2015 07:51 PM
  5. Gameshot's Avatar
    I don't really think you have to worry about this the next years. You still can develop apps running on iPhone 4s and iPad2 using iOS9.1
    12-08-2015 10:56 AM

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