Judging by the demos shown, console-quality graphics are already a reality on the iPad Air, with console titles Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (powered by the Frostbite engine) and The Collectables (powered by CryEngine) shown running on the machine with un-touched graphics. Although we can safely presume these scenes weren't real-time footage, Apple did invite Epic Games' founder, Tim Sweeney, for a brief on-stage demonstration. He showed the audience the creation of a beautiful Unreal Engine in real-time inside the Unreal editor.
Essentially, the Metal API will let developers squeeze every last drop of power out of the A7 and allow for complex graphics processing effects. Metal is arguably the best piece of news for iOS gamers so far, and we're happy to report that Apple is working with established publishers, such as EA Games, Crytek, and Epic Games to bring new and renowned titles to the platform.