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Today Apple announced the official release of it’s new iPhone and OS. iPhoneOS gets renamed to iOS, hinting at their future migration of this OS to other devices outside the iPhone/iPod and iPad ecosphere.

The new device sounds great having increased screen res to 960x480 with 326ppi resolution, slightly beyond the 300ppi human retina threshold when viewed from 10-12 inches away. This gives the phone about 70% of the pixel res of the iPad.

And rather than straight pixel doubling iOS 4 on the iPhone 4 will deliver UI and font elements rendered with the crisp new resolution with no further developer work. Using higher resolution images in your apps will apparently allow them to be rendered with the high resolution.

I need to do extensive testing to see how our applications will behave, and how they can be tweaked for maximum performance.

Also Apple have overnight provided proper PDF integration into iOS using the iBooks application. iBooks will now read both ePub and PDF files. And the mail app supports automatic transfer and reading launch into iBooks.

This is going to make it easier for people to get PDF ebook products onto their iPhones, iPod touches and iPads.

While the iBookstore won’t be selling PDF ebooks, this functionality does lesson the need for the R-series and TR-series ebook engines I developed to fill the PDF support gap. I’ll also be interested to see the impact of this on the sales of our ebook apps using this technology.

It becomes more vital for me to bring in live tools and server integration to our apps providing functionality beyond the static book model. Also getting more of our books moved to XML based formats will let me take better advantage of the new iOS iPhone 4 features, and be better positioned to make our ebook apps universal.

As an example of a push towards better books, the Reference Manual 2.0 has been updated to include the SkillCheck functionality found in a standalone application. I’m just waiting on approval from Apple. The Reference Manual 2.1 will get a similar treatment (TR series engine, + SkillCheck and probably some other extras). I’m committed to enhancing the RPG ebook experience beyond the static forms of PDFs and ePubs.

iOS 4 will be available shortly and some of it’s features can be applied to the iPhone 3G/3GS and modern iPod touch devices, allowing us to explore some of the new functionality.

Categories: iPhone Support

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