Rumour: Apple working on physical controller for iOS

By Alex Donaldson, Monday, 2 April 2012 15:39 GMT

Apple has an internal project that plans to bring a physical games controller to iOS devices on the table according to tech site AnandTech.

Writing in the site’s review of the incredibly named ‘New iPad’, Anand Lal Shimpi notes that he has been made aware of a project to bring a proper and official controller to iOS when weighing up the advantages Android gaming has over the current iOS offering.

“I know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market,” he writes. “But whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen.”

Android has offered tethering of various external controllers both wired and wireless for some time. The most common complaint levelled at the increasingly impressive iOS game line-up is the lack of tactile feedback when using a touch screen for control.

Apple is a company that thoroughly tests and then dumps a lot of concepts, but with gaming being as fast a growing sector on iOS as it is and with a plethora of low quality unofficial solutions available it wouldn’t be surprising to see them chip in with an official and more expensive option with the typical Apple design flair attached.

Steve Jobs was notoriously mostly opposed to external peripherals for iOS devices, including objects like styluses and controllers.

Thanks, Apple Insider.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.