As developers around the world begin to install iOS 7 (Beta 1), new details are now emerging regarding Apple’s (possible) plans to introduce iOS game controllers.
The reports are based on a new developer-accessible document Apple has published behind its ADC member’s gate, which is entitled “About Game Controllers.” The document, (filed under “Conceptual”), appears to reference the future of gaming with iOS devices connected to a physical controller.
Apple states that “game controllers provide new ways for players to control your game” … adding that it has “designed specifications for hardware controllers to ensure that all of the controllers have consistent sets of control elements that both players and game designers can rely on.”
There are two diagrams attached to the document, which would appear to suggest that Apple may eventually want these new types of game controllers to have the ability to translate what is on your iPhone display, to the controller.
Apple makes sure to add, however, that “this is a preliminary document for an API or technology [which is] in development,” and “although [it] has been reviewed for technical accuracy,” it is “not final.”
Will iOS 7 ship with game controller support? – It certainly looks like it from what we’re seeing. Which begs the next question: Does Apple have plans to release a games console?