Apple developing a game controller for the iPad?

Apple developing a game controller for the iPad?
According to a report on Anandtech, Apple has an internal development project to create a game controller for its iOS devices (presumably the iPad would be the targeted device). Writing about the current situation, where Android supports gaming devices while Apple has not, Anand Shimpi indicated:

“I know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market, but whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen. As smartphones and tablets come close to equalling (sic) the performance of current game consoles, I feel like the controller problem must be addressed.

We have no reason to doubt Anand's sources, but even he says we may never see this product come to fruition. Apple has been steadfast in touting the advantages of touch-only controls on tablets, and in the end they may prefer to stick to their guns. There are, after all, already 3rd party controllers available for die-hard fans. Perhaps it will depend on Android itself – if gamers start migrating to Android tablets in years to come because better support of game controllers Apple would have a competitive controller if/when the market dictates.

There’s at least one other possibility – with a rumored Apple television in the works, the need for a controller might be inevitable if gaming is to be extended to the permanent iOS device in your living room. Gaming graphics could also advance much more rapidly on an iTV if it were to catch on - battery and size constraints largely disappear compared to mobile products, and Apple could elect to put even larger chips than the A5X in a TV.

Would you be interested in a game controller for your iPad or iPhone? Would you be more (or less) interested in one for an iOS-powered TV? Sound off below!
source: Anandtech via The Verge

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12 Comments

1. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

XEROX OF SONY

11. Triton

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

No. That's not the actuall controller apple will be making. That's just an image to go with the article bu your hate blinds you to see that.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This would be cool...if APPLE is smart they will get this to the masses A.S.A.P.

3. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

ipadarena.com

6. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's just news, man. Although some writers may be biased, the site itself is not just about idevices.

8. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'm not hating on android, but if PA went out and said every bit of information on Androids, we'd have an article a min. There are so many android devices and theres tons of things to say about them. The problem is, iDevices have the popularity, so one iDevice article has much more relevance than 3 comparable android phone articles. Just wanted to put that out there!

4. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i dont care which platform or which manufacturer brings this tech first. Please just bring it. That way developers can bring some really cool dedicated games for the pad tech.

5. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

I'm just waiting for the day when i can drop $500 on a tablet with HDMI out that is more powerful than my home console. That thing will be the ONE device you own. Just attach a bluetooth controller and you're set. It does all your computing and gaming in one sleek device, and is completely portable. Just a matter of time...

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Phone games are killing consoles. Mainly due to the pricing, but no way does it compare in quality. Especially with all of these free alternatives.

9. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

… To be called iStyx™.

10. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

interesting. i hope this is true

12. ajdaone

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

that is a damn great idea they got like a million games and if they can add controller support for games like dead space, modern combat 3, shadow gun, fifa 12 then heck i would even ditch my android to get an ipad

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