Apple tablet game announcements already being made

Even though Apple's tablet device is still nothing more than a rumor, that isn't stopping developers from gaining some press. A company called Stand Alone Inc. earlier announced that their popular iPhone game, Crosswords, is currently being converted for the new device so it can meet the launch.

According to Kotaku, the CEO of Stand Alone Inc., Bob Gottlieb, stated, "We have been anticipating the Apple tablet as the greatest piece of hardware for app developers since the iPhone itself. Crosswords will be even better on the new device." It's unclear as to whether or not the company has actual confirmation (or, better yet, an SDK), or if they're just acting on speculation like many have been doing so far.

A press release from Stand Alone Inc. stated, "The Tablet version of Crosswords should keep the core functionality of the original, but optimize the user interface to be more reminiscent of its newspaper roots. Users will still be able to use the integrated hint and look up systems, import or download new daily puzzles, enjoy the expanding catalogue of free puzzles, and enjoy in-app support for premium subscriptions to puzzles such as the New York Times. 'The goal,' says Gottlieb, 'is to utilize the larger screen, but keep both functionality and the sleek, intuitive, custom design that our users love.'" 

If the company does indeed have the software from Apple to do such a thing in advance, you can expect the software and hardware giant to be fairly unimpressed with the early press release. Apple is known to go to great lengths to avoid having products leaked early, and whilst this is far from that situation, it certainly doesn't help.

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Just like myself they are probably at this point just converting the app using the current SDK. The larger screen means that the current apps will not look great so developers like myself are simply changing certain aspects to ensure the scaling works for both iPhone and the tablet.

Tech Star said,
Worst kept secret by Apple ever. :P
I dunno, we don't actually know anything about this tablet, other than that it will exist tomorrow.

This, to me, looks like something The Onion would write. "Apple's latest technology will run Crosswords even better than the iPhone." I thought I was reading a joke at first, but then quickly realized how important things like Crosswords are to a comunity of people who "think different". Enjoy your "highly sophisticated" crossword device.

ZenVenT said,
This, to me, looks like something The Onion would write. "Apple's latest technology will run Crosswords even better than the iPhone." I thought I was reading a joke at first, but then quickly realized how important things like Crosswords are to a comunity of people who "think different". Enjoy your "highly sophisticated" crossword device.

Lol. Hmm, I predict that Apple will release the highly anticipated MacWheel next year. It will be a big hit among consumers and businesses alike and revolutionize the way we interact with computers. The keyboard and mouse will be obsolete by the year 2013-2015.

Edited by Billus, Jan 27 2010, 8:34am :

Whoopdie-doo, Microsoft released Ink Crossword as part of the Tablet PC Experience Pack years ago: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1B5BA4F3-C8E1-405F-BE61-8A48BA11CA41&displaylang=en

PatriotB said,
Whoopdie-doo, Microsoft released Ink Crossword as part of the Tablet PC Experience Pack years ago: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1B5BA4F3-C8E1-405F-BE61-8A48BA11CA41&displaylang=en

+1 Agreed! I don't see what all the hype is.

"anticipating"

to me that sounds like he hasn't had access to anything, and is probably looking for free publicity?

I wouldn't be so quick to say that this developer is going to be in hot water regarding this information. Apple could have easily gave them the heads up to release the information just to keep people talking about the tablet. It has been stated many times especially on this site that Apple purposely leaks information on their own in order to create buzz for their products...this could be the same case.