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Apple Revives Texas Hold’em Game

Michael Potuck:

In a surprise move, Apple has revived its Texas Hold’em game for iOS today. The update to the original game comes in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the App Store and has been redesigned to include new characters, improved graphics, more challenging gameplay, and much more.

I certainly didn’t expect that to happen.

John Voorhees:

Missed the 10th anniversary by 363 days.

Theories:

  1. The intern didn’t finish the update until this summer
  2. Jony said no, but now that he’s leaving, anything is possible

Marco Arment:

  1. They submitted it last year but it was held up by app-review limbo.
  2. The build was stuck “Processing” for a year.

Previously:

Update (2019-07-15): John Gruber:

They’ve switched the font to San Francisco (but maybe that’s just because they were always specifying the system font), and it adapts to fit the iPhone X-class displays, but there’s still no iPad version and still no iCloud syncing across devices. For the most part, the game seems unchanged. Oh, and in a sign of the times, the price dropped from $4.99 to free.

2 Comments

It's interesting to see how the landscape has changed between releases.

"All these animations explain the app's huge 128MB download size," said MacWorld of version 1; version 2 is 1.5GB.

"Best of all, Apple knows how to price a game. Five dollars is a true bargain, making Texas Hold'em an easy game to recommend," said IGN in 2008; in 2019 it's free.

Oh I love this game! I was sad when I couldn't play it any more, and now I'm happy I can!

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