iPhone 5 has a lot of great features that make it a pleasure to use. These features also open up a lot of possibilities for app development, but at the same time they create a lot of new challenges for iPhone game developers. In this post we are going to discuss the main challenges the developer faces when creating games for iPhone 5.
1. Taller Screen
iPhone 5 has a 4” screen, which is half an inch taller than what the previous iPhone had. Taller screen creates a lot of new opportunities for game developers, but it also can result in some difficulties by adding that extra vertical real estate space. Although iOS 6 displays apps that weren’t written for the 4-inch screen in a letterboxed format, the additional space presents a challenge to developers who have never designed games for iPhone 5, especially if they specialize in 2D rather than 3D. Add to that the fact that it’s a Retina display, and you’ll need to make sure your game has superb graphics to look good on iPhone 5.
2. Powerful A6 Chip
iPhone 5 has a powerful A6 chip that delivers twice the processing and graphical power its predecessor did. This is great news for racing game developers and has the potential to enhance all games. However, when building a game for iPhone 5 you need to make sure that it’s still compatible with older iPhones. If your game can only run on A6 and doesn’t work on older devices, you will lose a huge audience.
3. iOS6 and iOS7
iOS6 introduced a lot of new possibilities and challenges to iPhone game development, especially ensuring that the game runs smoothly on the new OS. And now that iOS7 is the centre of attention, you’ll need to think about developing for it. The iOS7 game potential is great, but there are bound to be new challenges every game developer will have to face.