Play WoW on Apple’s iPhone?


There’s a pretty crazy story on iPhone World claiming to have confirmation that the iPhone will run WoW. No, like, for realz. From the story:

…Imagine playing WOW on them using the touch screen interface. Think of the impact its going to have on the handheld game market and Apple’s revenue.”

I tried to get more on WOW but all I could get was “Steve goes big and WOW is as big as they come when it comes to on-line games.”

…was told that WOW on the iPhone worked with both WiFi and EDGE (without simultaneous phone use) and full multi-tasking with 3G in the future. New iPod will utilize WiFi.

I saw this story over on WoW Insider where they are a little skeptical. I’m a LOT skeptical, and in fact am calling BS on the whole thing. I know people with Mac laptops that can’t run WoW, no way this thing will be able to. As awesome as it would be, I just can’t see it happening. And the touch screen controls would SUCK for playing WoW. You’d need some kind of bluetooth keyboard, and if you have that why not just use a laptop? That said, what would be awesome would be if some elements were accessible, perhaps you couldn’t fight mobs or PvP, but checking mail, auction house, or working on trade skills seems a little more doable. I guess we’ll have to wait and see but my guess is no way.

8 Comments so far

  1. Michael (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    I agree….. I’ve got a 17″ Powerbook with 2 gigs of ram and I hardly ever get over 20fps. We can dream though…..

  2. Nick Pelone (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 9:04 am

    I have a 17″ MacBook Pro(Core Duo) with 1 gig of RAM, I see pretty consistent 30-60 fps.

  3. Shocho (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    I’ve never seen a Mac laptop that *couldn’t* run WoW. What the heck do you have, a Mac portable from 1984?

    iPhone FTW!

  4. Sabocat (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 6:49 am

    My 15″ G4 Tibook gets between 6-9 FPS normally and around 2 FPS in burning crusade. But it runs WoW. I guess.

    I can see how downloading patches to your phone could really make Cingular a lot of money though.

  5. Michael (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 6:52 am

    Sadly Powerbooks don’t get the benefit of some Open GL thingy thats written into the OS. The guys at the WoW Mac forums are saying that Apple is aware of the problem and are going to provide an update for us old school PPC users.

  6. phoenix (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 7:36 am

    Okay, I love the iPhone idea, I think it’ll be a great device, and I’m really looking forward to it even though I probably won’t own one (neither on Cingular or willing to spend 600 bucks on a phone) but honestly. It’s going to be awesome, but this? This is a little much. :/

  7. oomu (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    intel macbook pro are very helped thanks to new opengl stuff in mac os X intel.

    I can play with nice settings and speed on a macbook pro 17 (intel core duo)

  8. Oliver (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

    back to the topic:
    anyone considering wow on a mobile a fine solution should call itself addicted.
    Why on earth would anyone play wow even on a mobile? Should every possible minute be covered by gameplay?
    Relax, come down to your daily dose of one to three hours gameplay, which makes a max of 21 hours (nearly a whole day of gameplay) in a week.
    I expect a lot of peaople to laugh about that small amount of gameplay on one day.
    Just whatch your /played info and start to think.
    c ya

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