Apple said to be working with Logitech and others on MFi gamepads

By , Jun 13, 2013

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Yesterday we talked a little bit about a new feature (or rather, developer API) in iOS 7 that offers support for MFi (Made for iPhone) certified hardware game controllers. This will be the first time that Apple has officially supported third party gamepads.

Today a few more details have surfaced about Apple’s plans regarding these controllers. A new report is out this afternoon claiming that the Cupertino company is working with the likes of Logitech and MOGA to produce a new line of iOS gaming peripherals…

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AppleInsider reports:

“During the session, which is available as a video to all registered Apple developers via the WWDC app, it was also announced that Logitech and Moga are already collaborating on initial hardware designs for the game controller.

A closer look at the presentation, however, revealed just how serious Apple is in making standardized game controllers a reality in iOS 7. Titled “Integrating with Game Controllers,” speakers ran through a fairly comprehensive set of app frameworks and other assets that will help developers code games for the proposed controllers. Logitech even had prototypes on hand.”

Apple apparently offered two hardware examples during the session, similar to the two we outlined in yesterday’s report. One was a form-fitting controller, that wraps around your iPhone or iPod touch, and the other was a standalone model that connects wirelessly.

The report goes on to say that while Apple touted the benefits of having standardized hardware specifically for iOS gaming, it made it clear that it should not be required. It is, though, looking to help app developers deploy game controller-ready titles in its MFi initiative.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays all out. Apple’s iOS is already one of the top gaming platforms, and that’s without it really putting a lot of resources behind it. Imagine what it will be like with this new gamepad support, and possibly Apple TV support, in the future.

Top image via LaptopMag

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  • Rowan09

    Nice

  • Adam Bowman

    What about MacBook support? Shouldn’t there be a standard controller that we can use for gaming on Apple computers?

    • Ernie Marin

      MACs aren’t really meant for gaming, most popular games take months just to release a MAC version, not to mention gaming hardware for MACs isn’t as available or cheap as PC gaming hardware.

    • Anthony Antunez

      Most PC controllers already work on Mac. I would recommend an Xbox 360 PC controller as most PC/Mac games already support it especially those on Steam so no complicated setup required.

    • Al

      I use Gamepad Companion software with my PS3 Controller and I haven’t had any problems with it..

  • Jeremy Spencer

    I think it will end up looking like a White Wii U Pro Contoller

  • Liam Mulcahy

    The Apple TV could become the next top gaming console

    • cordell

      true give it all the app store apps and a controller and safari atleast 500 gb hard drive and it could be a hit

    • Kurt

      As long as it’s not built to spy on you like MS One. That looks like a great machine, but I believe in freedom. And the gov doesn’t need to spy on me. If apple can handle refraining from being a spy, they can have my money.

      • Liam Mulcahy

        wtf

      • Kurt

        inforwars . com

        This is nothing new

  • cmmb

    front row 前排

  • Trevorw

    Sweet i got a free moga from pax east and never got to use it!!

  • n0ahcruz3

    This is the day when apple revolutionized the gaming industry :P

    • Kurt

      all other platforms you can use wireless controllers. I’m assuming this was a joke?

  • Hi

    It’s about time iOS gets controllers. It’s extremely hard to play games on the iPhone’s small screen.

    • genXhippie

      Tell me about it.

  • Tyler

    Sweet, GTA will finally be fun to play on the iPhone

    • Kurt

      on that iddy biddy screen?

      • Tyler

        Haha, I make due when I’m bored. It will be better nevertheless

  • iphone Repair Shop

    Great post!!! I’m also waiting for iOS gaming peripherals new version…….