While you’ll find a ton of third-party game controllers and keyboards for the iPhone these days, a new Apple patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests the company may have been close to launching a number of solutions of its own.
In June of 2014, Wikipad confirmed that its Gamevice tablet controller would be coming to the iPad lineup, specifically built for the iPad mini. Some things have changed since then, while the company has also managed to officially reveal a launch date and starting price.
Controllers that attach to mobile devices aren’t new. At this point, manufacturers need to aim to make what’s already out there better, especially when they compare what’s coming down the pipe to what has already been released. For Wikipad, a company that is no stranger to releasing peripherals for mobile gadgets, their latest controller makes the iPad mini look like a Wii U GamePad, but if you’re in the market for dual-analog sticks, it could be right up your alley.
Of the many new features in iOS 7, one of the most hyped has been support for game controllers. Yesterday, we shared a review of the first of such controllers to hit the market, the Moga Ace Power. According to TouchArcade, the $100 price tag is far too high, the build quality wasn’t up to snuff, and sadly, not a lot of games take advantage of the controller.
When it comes to mobile gaming, nothing beats iOS. Not even the dedicated systems from Nintendo and Sony offer the wide assortment of games found in Apple’s App Store. There’s just one problem, however, and it’s input. Touch screens are great for lots of things, even gaming, but sometimes you just need an analog stick and a few buttons to get the most out of a title. Luckily, with the release of iOS 7, Apple added support for game controllers. The first product to take advantage of these new APIs is now available.
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.
PocketGamer reports that Apple is planning to launch its own game controller soon.
PocketGamer claims that Apple was at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) under a pseudonym company name courting developers to ensure that a large number of games support the game controller when it is launched.