Fresh out of the rumour mill is another Apple and patent related news. But wait, this is a little different. Nobody is sueing anybody (but if the design looks like that, this sentence might have to change!) and Apple is mulling on having a new device in the market – a physical gaming controller.

Image for representative purposes only

Image for representative purposes only

According to AnandTech’s Lal Shimpi, an internal project like this is definitely in the works. He went on to say that, “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 is 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.”

DS all over again?

DS all over again?

At present, Android allows for physical controller connectivity, so that’s one plus point already over Apple. Also, if you will flip back a few pages, Apple has already patented (well, yes another patent) the design for a physical gaming controller that has support for camera, A D – pad and a few control buttons as well as physical buttons, as reported by 9 to 5 Mac. We’re not too sure about how legitimate the image and the design could be, considering how Apple likes to ‘un’ complicate things, and this brings complication to a whole new level. But, if they do manage to pull it off, obviously it’s going to be another chapter in the world of tablets as they surge closer towards being serious gaming devices. As far as the image is concerned, we’d have preferred it turned on its head, with the smaller surface area for the D-Pad and the buttons, with the iPad slotting on top, making it a retro gaming arcade. Anyway, this is just speculation as of now, so we will have to take it with a pinch of salt.

Do you think, we will see an Apple controller in the recent future? We’d certainly want to, but it definitely shouldn’t look like the Nintendo DS!

Publish date: April 3, 2012 9:28 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 9:58 pm

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