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Apple Pulls Its Only iOS Game from the App Store

Apple till date made only one game for iPhone and sold it on the iOS App Store, namely "Texas Hold'em" and now Apple has removed this game and it can't be purchased anymore. The game was first launched in 2008 via App Store with a price tag of $4.99.

The news of the removal was first reported by MacRumors (opens in new tab), on Thursday. "Texas Hold'em" even though was the only game Apple launched for iOS but it was not the first title Apple launched for portable electronic devices. In 2006 this poker game was launched for the first time for the iPod classic. This game utilised the iPod classic click wheel.

Early this year Apple removed iPod click wheel games from iTunes Store, thereby, stopping its sales, reported Apple Insider (opens in new tab).

This move by Apple came as a shock as there were reports floating around that Apple was working towards developing new original games, in fact, it was also reported that for the same purpose they are trying to acquire few firms.

But, the current reports prove that Apple is currently focusing on its iOS ecosystem as well as the App Store, a place where third-party developers are permitted to make various game titles, such as "Angry Birds", "Flight Control" and so on and so forth.

Ravi Mandalia
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Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.