Apple Working on Dedicated iOS Game Controller? [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Pocketgamer reports that Apple spoke with a number of developers at the Game Developers Conference this week about providing game support for a new, official iOS game controller. Apple was rumored to have a physical game controller in the works for the iPhone last year, but nothing has yet seen the light of day.
    Two iCade Game Controller Products
    Back in 2008, Apple applied for a patent relating to a Wiimote-like controller, but there is no indication that patent is related to this effort.

    There are a number of third-party game controllers including the iCade line and an Atari Joystick. However, these third-party efforts have been hampered by a lack of widespread support from developers.

    MacRumors had heard previously that Apple had originally supported accessory makers in their quest to make official dock-connector game controllers, but then the approval process was mysteriously halted. Some had speculated at the time that Apple was working on their own game controller solution.

    For what it's worth, none of our GDC contacts have heard anything to corroborate the Pocketgamer story, and there is no indication of when or if such a controller might launch.

    Update 1:33 PM: The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has quashed the rumor, responding to Pocketgamer's report with a simple "Nope".

    Article Link: Apple Working on Dedicated iOS Game Controller? [Updated]
  2. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Make an Apple 1st party dedicated controller for iOS, cross-playable on the Apple TV, then open up an app store to developers on ATV and...

  3. Antares macrumors 68000


    Great news! I there is an official controller, I think it would have actual support from developers...and something I would defintiely buy. :D

    P.S. I really like the name, "joypad." It just sounds fun. But where did the name come from?
  4. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
  5. Antares macrumors 68000


    Crazy good. Some game just need a controller. And if Apple starts have games and apps on the ATV, we're going to want a controller.
  6. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    This is why apple is stubborn as an ox. You don't drive a car with a touchscreen steering wheel in real life nor should you in a racing game. Physical controllers should of been implemented since ios 3.0

    Apple is just too stubborn because Steve jobs was alive back then and refused to see the light. Apple could've destroyed the console gaming market if they would've come up with a way to support real gaming controllers than rely on stupid touch screen controls.

    They are not out of the party yet but they are definitely late. No gamer is going to take apple seriously if there is no real gaming controls.
  7. irfaanfaki macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2013
    Since iPlay alot of games on iPhone and iPad, iWould really appreciate this- the idea of pushing games to my Apple TV and using a physical controller would be awesome:)
    Perhaps itl support the rumored Apple TV :) which will also run these iOS games
    Fingers crossed- been wanting this for a very long time
  8. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I cannot even accurately express how awesome this would be, but I will indeed pound on my keyboard in excitement alkjsdfi;ejwgjkandjknqw;e/jgkjansd,vja;sdknkjwenrgiowelkf.jkjnwkllekf/aadvmkjs dvjhwbekgnl
  9. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    What's so awesome about using Apple TV as a game console? It would be the least powerful game console out there. Why even bother?
  10. demodave macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    For what it's worth, this could potentially only imply that all your GDC contacts have entered conversations with Apple on NDA terms that they are actually willing and able to honor - somewhat unlike all the "sources quoting sources within Apple's supply chain who were not willing to be identified", because they were actually speaking about things that did not conform to their NDA.

    Just a thought.
  11. D.T. macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I agree, an AppleTV with apps, plus a controller API, 1st (and presumably 3rd) party controllers, some app development/update to utilize it ... and I think they'd have a pretty interesting "console" alternative.

    Heck, an AppleTV-ish sort of device, but sporting an A6X, and it would be pretty stout in the graphics department.
  12. OtherJesus macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    This. Bring it in.
  13. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I couldn't agree more. Which is why I hope Apple takes serious note now of Ouya and all of the comments that has been said by Gabe Newell and the original Xbox creator about how much potential and opportunity Apple is sitting on.

    We're not talking about making super complex consoles like the Playstation or Xbox. If Apple does want to be serious about gaming, I think all they need to do to the hardware is continue to update the Apple TV in it's current form factor year after year, with the latest Ax chips and faster specs, as well as adding different tiers of internal storage, just like they do with their iOS devices. Create the official 1st party controller and then open up that app store. Done, done, and done.

    Definitely late, but there's still time I think.
  14. ProVideo macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    I'd love emulators for non-jailbroken devices as well, but I won't get my hope up on that one.
  15. phillipduran macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2008

    This is it!
  16. j33pd0g macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    Central NY
    I'll laugh so hard if Apple was developing this all along, and not the iWatch.
  17. SirYossi macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2012
    there are a couple 3rd party apps that turn your ipad or iphone into a controller for your mac but i think that the apple TV might become a game console as well kinda like what Mircrosoft did with the xbox turning if from a gaming unit into a entertainment system for media streaming ect and apple is taking the ATV and bringing gaming to it. I can see it linking to the games that are in your itunes lib or transposing the games on the ipad or iphone to the ATV via airplay and turning the iphone into a controller.

    Apple did dabble into the gaming in the past but failed remember these?

    oi this old unit is selling around $500 used these days
  18. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I think a standalone controller that easily connects to Mac, Apple TV and mobile iOS devices would be great.

    However, i think it would cause some fragmentation in games on the App Store if you could only play them with the controller.
  19. cxny macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2004
    New York
    No way, it's not going to happen. iPad/iPhone is the game controller Apple TV is the console.
  20. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Add an eight core (maybe more) custom-designed, high performance ARM processors; add an nvidia-made GPU or another supercharged PowerVR rogue GPU, and then it can compete with the high-end consoles.

    Ah, but I still like Sony as a company and their products. I'd pick a PS4 over an Apple-made console as sony have the developers, the experience, the games, and the exclusives. Plus, I really really like their dualshock controller. It feels really well-designed.
  21. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    License out "iController" add-ons to third parties and you've got yourself an Apple WiiU.
  22. b33g33 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2012
    I pooh-poohed the whole games on iOS thing for years despite having an original iPhone, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and a retina iPad.

    I downloaded and played a few popular games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope etc. but got bored within hours.

    A few weeks ago, I downloaded Wolf 3D, Doom and Rage from iD and holy mother I have been hooked!

    As a an old school PC gamer, I have a dedicated gaming rig that can handle anything out now and in the near future, but there is something just really sweet about playing some old school FPS on that gorgeous iPad screen.

    The only thing I don't like is the touch controls (I've gotten used to them but will never love them.)

    So, Apple, make the controller and I will buy it.

    Make it BT or WiFi compatible and I will use it with everything.
  23. iabacus macrumors member


    Sep 26, 2011
    That would be awesome!

    An iPad with game controller. Excellent battery life and portable, I would have killed for this as a kid. Used to pack my Nintendo around to friends houses.

    Two people playing a FPS linked up through wifi or bluetooth would be a better experience than playing split screen on a bigger television.

    This could be huge! A real win for smaller game developers that can't in to the Xbox / PS stores.

    Come on apple tv SDK/app store!
  24. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    iPhone and iPad would be really sucky game controllers. As you cannot feel the buttons. It works when you actually look at the screen but otherwise it would be really awkard. Think about it.
  25. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    The logo? The knowledge that you are shoveling profits towards those on Wall Street who own Apple?

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