Apple: $199 iPhone, Games Distribution in July

Apple: $199 iPhone, Games Distribution in July

Apple: $199 iPhone, Games Distribution in July

Steve Jobs has announced that Apple will open the iPhone App Store in early July, bringing a variety of third-party software – including games – to the platform.

At the WWDC 08 keynote Monday, Jobs gave several examples of games that will be available to iPhone users upon the App Store’s rollout. Sega’s Super Monkey Ball will be present at launch, as will two titles from Pangea Software: the physics-enabled puzzle game Enigmo, and kart racing game Cro-Mag Rally. All three titles will retail for $9.99.

Also announced was action game Kroll (pictured) from Digital Legends Entertainment, which will be made available in September.

Apple also unveiled new hardware and pricing for the iPhone platform that should grow the market for App Store software. On July 11, the company will release the iPhone 3G, which includes 3G network and GPS capability. This new iPhone will retail at $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model.

The iPhone App Store will be a free update for all iPhone users. iPod Touch owners will get the update for $9.95.