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The first generation iPad.

The iOS mobile operating system powers a series of multimedia devices created by Apple, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Three Grand Theft Auto games have been released for iOS devices: GTA Chinatown Wars, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

As the devices run the same operating system and applications, they are quite similar in functionality. The iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone minus the telephone functionality, and any other functionality which requires a SIM Card - whilst the iPad can be described as a larger tablet version of the iPod Touch. More expensive versions of the iPad, however, have 3G mobile Internet functionality. Apple has also released a smaller 'iPad Mini'.

While all applications designed for iOS run on all devices, many applications are released in an 'HD version' optimised for the iPad. These iPad versions of applications are often more expensive than the iPhone and iPod Touch version. Recently, however, many developers are moving to developing 'universal apps', which use hardware detection to determine which device to optimise for.

Applications developed for iOS must be approved by Apple, and released via the 'App Store'; An online store which can be accessed via an application on the device or through Apple's iTunes software.

GTA Chinatown Wars

GTA Chinatown Wars was quietly released onto the App Store at midnight on January 18th, 2010. The game features the same missions available for the PSP version. One difference is the lack of Rockstar Games Social Club - the bonus Xin missions, which were previously only available after completing the main story line, locating the two Lions of Fo and syncing the device to Social Club, are now available without the use of Social Club. A new radio station allows players to use a custom radio tracklist from their iTunes library. This version features the enhanced graphics of the PSP version released after the DS iteration, but re-introduces the touch screen functionality of the DS, replacing the quicktime events supplemented in the PSP port.

On September 9th, 2010, a version of game with enhanced graphics (dubbed Chinatown Wars HD) was released for use on the iPad.

GTA III 10th Anniversary Edition

In October 2011, Rockstar Games announced a 10th Anniversary Edition of Grand Theft Auto III would be released for mobile phones and tablets, including the iPhone, iPad, and a selection of Android devices, due to be released in autumn of 2011 (Northern Hemisphere).

The only iOS devices that support the game are those with with the A4 or newer processor. These include the iPhone 4 and later, iPod Touch fourth generation and later, and all versions of the iPad.

GTA Vice City: 10th Anniversary Edition

The 10th Anniversary Mobile Edition of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released on 6 December 2012 on select iOS devices alongside the Android version.

GTA Vice City supports the same devices as the iOS version of GTA III: The iPhone 4 and later, iPod Touch fourth generation and later, and all versions of the iPad.

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