iOS 10 was announced at WWDC today, and the beta version of iOS 10 has already launched for developers. One of the main features is that some stock apps can now be removed and reinstalled from the App Store. But what’s interesting is that one app in particular is permanently deleted: Game Center. The specific Game Center app disappeared in iOS 10 beta 1, as reported by sister site MacRumors.
The service itself hasn’t gone away, as Apple says in the Notes on new iOS 10 features, emphasis added:
- Game Center app has been deleted. If your game implements the features of GameKit, it must also implement the necessary UI behavior for the user to see those features. For example, if your game supports leaderboards, it can present a GKGameCenterViewController object or read data directly from Game Center to implement a custom user interface.
- A new type of account, implemented by the GKCloudPlayer class, supports iCloud-only game accounts.
- Game Center offers a new generalized solution for managing persistent data storage on Game Center. A game session (GKGameSession) has a list of players who are the participants of the session. Your game implementation defines when and how a participant stores or retrieves data from the server or exchanges data between players. Game sessions can often replace existing turn-based matches, real-time matches, and persistent saves, and also allow other models of interaction between participants.
Interesting stuff. The service itself had connection issues for a while before version 9.3.2 came along and fixed them. The question is, how are we going to handle friend requests? If you have the beta of iOS 10 and have tried it, let us know your experiences in the comments below.
But here’s the really interesting question: if Apple kills the Game Center app, how long does the service have for this world?