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How iPhone apps could change the world

The best programs for Apple's smartphone

There's a wealth of apps available in Apple's iTunes App Store. And some of them are more than just fun, they can help predict the future of technology. Read on to find out.

iPhone and gaming

Apps: Hero of Sparta and Brothers in Arms

Gaming is another category where indications of the iPhone's future abound. With processors and GPUs becoming increasingly smaller and faster, the iPhone of the future may pack the power of today's laptops.

Here and now, the iPhone has already tested traditional phone-based gaming and has even managed to give portable videogame units a run for their money. (It's the software, stupid!)

The convenience of the App Store in concert with the iPhone's hardware features allow for some pretty entertaining games - games whose sophistication levels are beginning to grow. While there are now classic examples of mobile game fun in Super Monkey Ball and wide array of Tetris variants, the iPhone really shows off its graphical prowess in games like Hero of Sparta (£3.49) and for first-person shooter fans, Brothers in Arms (ALSO £3.49).

Personally, we're a big fan of the Call of Duty series, so the first-person shooter at all times is great fun. That Brothers in Arms is graphically impressive, with quality audio and game play to match, really shows what the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms are capable of.

Clearly, as the iPhone advances in hardware capability, the games will become much more involved. Better graphics, faster CPUs, more data storage and the ability to download games on the fly sound more like features found on next-generation consoles - only this console is also your phone.

App future looks bright

The iPhone started out as the best way to interact with common functions associated with mobile telephony, but has quickly evolved to become much more than that. As the iPod has shown, focused evolution of a product can be the difference between a toy and a must-have lifestyle device, and the iPhone has the potential to grow way beyond its humble telephony beginnings.

This level of sophistication in a mobile device was undreamed of just a few short years ago in anything less than a laptop, but it's all available now, in a size small enough for our pockets. You don't need a crystal ball app to see that the future of the iPhone is looking bright.

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