Apple Apparently Has Plans for a Physical Controller for iOS Gaming


In Anandtech’s review of the new iPad, they reveal knowledge of an internal Apple project that involves a physical controller for iOS gaming:

Although many casual Android/iOS games do just fine with touch, some are certainly better suited for some sort of a controller. While controller support in Android in its infancy at best, it’s more than iOS currently offers. 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 the performance of current game consoles, I feel like the controller problem must be addressed.

Certainly there are games that are better off with physical buttons. Touchscreen gaming doesn’t work for all games. We’ve seen physical controller add ons such the iCade Mobile and the iCade 8-Bitty. Would an Apple version of a physical controller add-on to your iPhone be something you’d want to have?


  • RyleyLamarsh

    This would make me giddy like “it’s so fluffy I’m gonna die” kinda giddy. Apple wouldn’t fuck it up too much though. They’d do their own twist that everyone will poo poo at first. Give it time and they will grow to love it. Do it Apple.. Just do it. Brilliant bastards. Yes I smoked a Geohot.

  • Edge

    This has 0% chance of being a controller for iPad or iPhone (well, maybe the same chance as a physical keyboard, we know how well those “internal reports” went). It is possible for the up and coming Apple TV.

  • Mark Roberts

    Yes PLEASE!!!!! I hate touchscreen gaming!  

  • Captorian

    Hell ya. Especially in combo with video out/ AirPlay.