iPhone What's this GameController from lock screen?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by BDjEff, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. BDjEff macrumors newbie

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    Something weird happened while my phone was sitting on my desk today. The screen illuminated and I noticed a new icon in the lower left notification area on the lock screen. It looked like a NES D-Pad
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    Hmm... never seen that before. I swiped up, had to unlock my phone and it went to this screen and just sat there "connecting" forever.

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    After just sitting there for a few minutes i double clicked Home to close whatever had opened and saw that it was called "GameController"

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    NOW, I do not have ANY apps called gamepad, i do not have any gamepad accessories, and it has since gone away. The other weird part is that as soon as i closed it i noticed my location services icon was on and has stayed on solid, though i cant seem to see what is using it? I'm a little afraid Apple/NSA is coming to get me now...

    Any clue to what this is?

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    Went through all my apps and system services one-by-one to figure out what was actively using the location services, it was "Motion Calibration"...
     
  2. Armen macrumors 604

    Armen

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    Icons usually pop up in the bottom left corner as:

    1. An app you have opened on a Mac or another iDevice that wants to "hand off" to your phone.

    2. A suggested app. (Whenever I get near a Target/Apple Store it shows the Apple/Target App to download because I dont have them installed).

    If there is another function/feature I don't know about it.
     
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601

    dictoresno

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    There's a game control forwarding thing in ios8 for use with Bluetooth controllers. Maybe you have Bluetooth on and was picking one up?
     
  4. BDjEff thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure

    Like i said, I was at work. There are NO Apple computers anywhere here AND my bluetooth was OFF! (see first pic)

    To answer the first reply:
    No Macs around AND i have the only iphone in the immediate vicinity. I dont think you can "hand off" from an unrelated/unrecognized idevice

    It did NOT open the app store, it opened a GameController "app" that is not an app I have on my phone (nothing shows in spotlight either when searching that, nor is there anything in the app store that looks like it)

    MY guess? It was a glitch to be used on a future Apple TV update to use the phone as a game controller, hence the "connecting" screen and activation of motion calibration
     

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