Unity and Mobile pt. 2 : The iPad Cometh
Ok, so the iPad is now officially old news. Let me get something out of the way, first: yes, we will support it. Yes, we are aiming for 0-day support. If we get there or not basically depends whether on if Apple can get us early access to the device.
With that out of the way, here’s what I actually had in mind — Looking at the event, Apple unveiled pretty much what most of us expected — but it wasn’t until a bit later that it hit me what is so great about this:
I’ve never before seen a computer that is so designed for consumers. It goes straight into the stream of iPod, iPod Touch, etc. Sure, it’s using general-purpose chips behind it, so it’s not like it can’t do «real» apps, but the focus is here 100% on consumers. That means games.
Apple has been taking games more and more seriously — I guess that started happening when they realized games were one of the main movers of iPod Touches. This means that as far as we’re concerned what we’re looking at is the launch of a new console. For indies it’s even better: Apple actually gets the whole «make life sweet for developers» — so it’s a platform that you can make games on and you can even earn money — all major console’s stores are simply embarassing compared to the AppStore. In short, on iPod/Pad/Phone the hoops you have to go through to develop, publish and get paid are crazy low. If you’re one of those people who think the submission process is slow/bad/bloated, just try becoming a registered developer with Sony or Microsoft :)
Naturally, we want to be there the moment it happens. Whenever new and exciting platforms come out, we want to be there. Our goal is to let our users publish anywhere. We can’t support all platforms instantly, but Apple have had an uncanny ability to produce hits. With the iPad I think they’ve done it again.
So we are scrambling like mad to get support for it. On the iPhone our guys worked round the clock to get it out — hopefully that won’t be neccessary this time, but we’d always rather burn some midnight oil than end up like the large behemoth we’re currently seeing on the sidelines — 18 months after iPhone launch with no shipped support for this platform mumbling OMG! The Net Is Broken ;)