While most games work quite well with touch, there are some that are more suitable with physical buttons that are available on game controllers.
So we were quite excited when Apple added APIs for MFi (Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad) game controllers.
The APIs allow accessory manufacturers to create game controllers for Apple’s iOS devices, which should make them an attractive alternative for hardcore gamers who prefer to use portable gaming devices like Playstation Vita.
It was earlier reported that Apple will be working with Logitech and MOGA to produce game controllers for iOS devices.
Couple of weeks back, we got a glimpse of what the Logitech GamePad for iPhone would look like. Now @evleaks has tweeted couple of photos of what appears to be the MOGA’s MFi game controller called “MOGA Ace Power”.
As you can see in the photos below, the game controller includes the D-Pad on the left, dual thumbsticks (though the diagonally opposite placement seems quite odd), and buttons on the right.
According to @evleaks, MOGA’s MFi game controller will also include an integrated 1800 mAh battery, which is quite neat as it would be useful to extend your iPhone’s battery life while playing games. As you can see in the photo below, you can also close the controller when you remove the iPhone.
The game controllers were strangely not showcased at the iPhone event last month and even the iPad event earlier in the week, so it is not clear when Apple and its vendors will release them.[via @evleaks 1, 2]