As information about the successor to the Wii U is revealed by Nintendo, the company says that their next console will be based on Apple’s iOS.
Say what you want about Apple but there’s no denying that the Cupertino, Calif. based tech company have built a lucrative thing. Its iPads are built to take the business away with you once you’ve begun working on your iMac, your iPhones are the bridge between your work life and your personal life and your iPod Touch, if you have one, is what you use when you want to get away from it all and would rather be playing Flappy Bird than poring over spreadsheets. The point is, Apple’s gadgets are made for each other. Bar the iMac, they all run the same OS and even Apple’s pearly white desktop is made from the ground up to function with its more portable siblings. Nintendo have no such luck with this cross compatibility, scrapping this for purpose built consoles but from the future on, the Japanese game makers are set to take a walk on the Apple side.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had this to say in a recent Q&A about the future of Nintendo products, “To cite a specific case, Apple is able to release smart devices with various form factors one after another because there is one way of programming adopted by all platforms. Apple has a common platform called iOS. Another example is Android. Though there are various models, Android does not face software shortages because there is one common way of programming on the Android platform that works with various models. The point is, Nintendo platforms should be like those two examples. Whether we will ultimately need just one device will be determined by what consumers demand in the future, and that is not something we know at the moment. However, we are hoping to change and correct the situation in which we develop games for different platforms individually and sometimes disappoint consumers with game shortages as we attempt to move from one platform to another, and we believe that we will be able to deliver tangible results in the future.”
That somewhat lengthy quote from the Nintendo boss is interesting for many reasons, one of these being that it’s said that Apple’s next iPhone will have a health focus, similar to the health-based platform that Nintendo have revealed that they are working on. Too, as Nintendo have notably lost many sales to the low cost and ease of accessibility that smartphones offer, this puts them in direct competition with Apple, which will lead to some (possibly) game changing distribution of market share once more of each company’s products hit the shelves.
We’ll keep you posted once we know more.
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