Is this a new Apple-approved iPhone 5 gamepad for iOS 7?
We’ve seen a big uptick in interest lately towards bringing a proper console-quality gaming experience to smartphone users. While the processing power has been there, the larger issue has been about control – touchscreens are fine for plenty of things, but traditional gaming ain’t one of them. On the Android front, we’ve seen projects like NVIDIA’s Shield attempt to meld console-style controllers with a smartphone to overcome those limitations. There’s a similar movement taking place over on iOS, and that accessory pictured up above just might be one of the first Apple-certified gamepads, created by Logitech.
We know what you’re thinking – but iOS already has gamepads. True, we’ve seen Bluetooth accessories, but this is part of something new: with the release of iOS 7, Apple’s finally giving devs proper SDK game controller support. As such, controllers supporting the scheme will sport the official Made for iPhone logo.
This isn’t necessarily a final design, but expect Logitech’s controller to closely resemble what you can see here – sort of a stretched-out PSP look. Maybe not the most pocket-friendly layout, but it should get the job done in a pinch.