Apple Has No Plans for Dedicated iOS Gaming Controller

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    Following today's rumor that Apple was quietly polling developers at this week's Game Developers Conference about support for a forthcoming gaming controller for iOS devices, the ever-reliable Jim Dalrymple has quickly quashed that report.

    As usual, Dalrymple provides no additional comment beyond a simple "Nope", but his selective quoting of the source material suggests that he is denying any current plans for an Apple-branded controller.
    Dalrymple has solid connections at Apple and has on numerous occasions and with 100% accuracy either confirmed or denied specific rumors. Prior to today, his most recent such statement came last month when he nixed a claim of a television-related Apple media event scheduled Apple for this month.

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    Judging from typical Apple trends, It'll probably be a one button controller anyways if it did ever happen.
     
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    I'd probably be more inclined to trust him than an "analyst" any day.
     
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    Only "probably"?
     
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    Welp, the thought of it was fun while it lasted. I'll be patiently awaiting the next-gen Xbox anyhow :)

    EDIT - Holy moly grammar on my part.
     
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    I dunno, if I'm Apple and I want to spread misinformation, I know where I'd start...
     
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    You mean like this? :D

     
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    Not sure why anyone would buy into this anyway. Apple has always said that the iPhone is about touch... releasing a game controller not only reverses their trends, but it also complicates things by adding apps into the App Store that require an accessory.

    Apple will never do this.
     
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    I think we need a new top level domain named .bs


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    Well, he could be saying that GDC hasn't provided confirmation. :p
     
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    Drats.

    There are already a ton of apps in the app store at require a physical accessory of some sort. And it's not like game developers couldn't implement both touch and physical controls. In fact all the iCade compatible games do that already.
     
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    Jim Dalrymple aka the Oracle
     

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    How come Dalrymple knows all these things? He's not confirming/denying rumors anonymously, so why wouldn't his sources at Apple stop giving him information if they know he leaks?
     
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    Too bad! I hoped it was true, but Dalrymple's record is good.

    Back to my iCade.

    So, pure fiction from Pocketgamer? They lied about hearing this from multiple developers? Noted for future reference!

    Because they DO know. They're the ones telling him, knowing it will/might get out. It's not a "leak," more a "back-channel" I'd say.
     
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    Apple feeds him bits of information that they want to be public without making a formal statement. Typically the types of information he is afforded are simple "nopes" to outrageous rumors. It is their way of controlling expectations.
     
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    A Joypad made by Apple would suck, they can't even make a decent mouse! a far better idea would be to incorporate BT drivers in iOS then we could have the option of using PS3 pads etc.
     
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    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/08/23...le-media-events-for-new-iphone-and-ipad-mini/

    He pretty much confirmed the fact that there was going to be an iPad mini. Are you saying Apple wanted that? I can't imagine that, but I guess it's Apple we're talking about...
     
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    The iCade is really nice, the stick/controls are very high quality, totally takes me back to the 80's arcade experience :) I should probably buy one. :D
     
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    Yes. I'm not sure if you're new to the ballgame here, but Apple regularly "leaks" information to trusted journalists. Walt Mossberg, David Pogue, and a few others are seeded these little nuggets of info to get the excitement rolling.

    To the masses, Apple has an image of secrecy. To anyone that follows closely, they are actually quite loose with details when they want to be. It is all part of the PR/Marketing game.
     
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    Well, he is not denying that the thing exists... He's just saying that GDC did not provide confirmation
     
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    iOS controller or not, it seems that Apple may indeed have met some devs at GDC, if we were to believe this:

    Phil Fish (creator of FEZ) posted a cryptic tweet three days ago about a meeting with Apple, which I thought was weird since I don't think that Apple was officially at GDC.

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    https://twitter.com/PHIL_FISH/status/316736139753029633

    Note: Phil Fish is a little weird so I'm not sure what to think of it.
     
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    "Nope" might mean no to a physical controller, but yes to a software based controller (on iPod touch/iPhone/iPad) in conjunction with Apple TV gaming apps....??
     

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