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WWDC 08: Apple could kill DS, say Forbes
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Forbes isanticipating that Apple will launch the long-promised App Store featurenext week, allowing outside developers to sell iPhone and iPod Touchapplications.
If so, Forbes says, Apple could be a new and dangerous foe for Nintendo's DS handheld.
Thearticle notes that developers continue to create ever moresophisticated games for Nintendo's four year-old handheld, and thatApple has struggled with gaming on the Mac. Nevertheless, the authorthinks Apple may be a threat due to the fact that the company'sproducts have both a touch-screen interface and motion sensingaccelerometers - features which have been popular separately with theDS and the Wii.
In addition, the ability to download software into the iPhone wirelessly may be a selling point for developers.
                   
Apple introduced an iPhone development kitearlier this year, showing versions of Super Monkey Ball and Sporerunning on the device during a demonstration of the technology.
Onlytime will tell if the multi-touch screen and accelerometers, thirdparty support and a huge installed base will make gaming a success onApple's iPhone and iPod Touch - but even so, the company is unlikely tosignificantly threaten Nintendo any time soon. After all, Sony's PSP -which offers multimedia and phone capabilities similar to Apple'sproducts - hasn't caught up with sales of the DS in the three yearsthat it has been on the market.
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