Apple's Texas Hold'em game was released 11 years ago to the iPhone as the first game ever sold on the App Store. Today, out of nowhere, Apple has updated the game with an updated version that actually works on today's iPhones, as seen by 9to5Mac .
The App Store page for Texas Hold 'em claims the update is celebrating the "App Store 10th Anniversary". It's a bit odd: The App Store's 10th Anniversary – which was not coincidentally the same day as Texas Hold'em ] launched for iPhone – was last July. But better late than never, I think.
The new update adds new characters, modernized images and most importantly an update to the 64-bit architecture launched by Apple with iOS 1
Texas Hold'em is a game with a lot of history for Apple. The original version was actually launched as one of the first games for the click wheel iPod back in 2006. Apple continued to use Texas Hold as an early tech demo as it was released as the first game on the App Store in 2008, where developers can see the types of games that can be made using Apple's SDK and how the iPhone's touch interface can be used to offer new gameplay experiences.
Apple has never really updated Texas Hold after that release. The version store version of the App Store only shows another update, and the game was eventually removed from the store in 2011.
The updated version is now a free app (no purchase in the app) instead of $ 4.99 it costs initially, then it was first launched. It is available for download at the App Store for anyone looking for a good dose of iPhone nostalgia.