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Apple’s Long-Rumored Game Controller May Soon See The Light Of Day

I’ve long believed that touchscreens leave a certain something to be desired when it comes to playing games, and if a new (and very curious) report holds true, Apple may feel the same way. According to’s Jon Jordan, Apple has been meeting with developers on-site at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to talk about a forthcoming Apple game controller.

Jordan’s multiple developer sources claim that the Cupertino company has booked a meeting room under an assumed name to talk about the game-centric device, though they weren’t able to shed any light on what the thing will look like or when it will actually see the light of day. That said, Apple is expected to hold an iPad-centric event in April so it’s possible that this controller may be officially unveiled in just a few weeks.

At first glance, the prospect of Apple churning out a game controller of all things seems downright silly, but after chewing on it for a while the notion doesn’t seem quite as outlandish. You’d be hard-pressed to think of OS X as prominent a platform for gaming as Windows is (though some big-league developers are working to change that), but iOS plays home to a staggering number of games and it’s not inconceivable to think that Apple would want to enhance the sorts of gaming experiences available to iPhone, iPod and iPad users. As such, a game controller seems like the sort of thing that Apple would agonize over getting right, and it appears that Apple may have been doing just that.

In the site’s 2012 review of the 3rd generation iPad, AnandTech’s Anand Lal Shimpi and Vivek Gowri let slip a tantalizing tidbit when discussing the iPad’s faculty as a gaming machine: “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,” the review reads.

What’s more Apple has been seen bulking itself up with patents that relate to a potential gaming push for at least a few years now. This patent from 2008 describes an accessory that wraps around a portable electronic device with touchscreen (sound familiar?) and includes a standard D-Pad and button, while this one spotted in 2012 takes a slightly different approach. Either way, these patents plus the AnandTech comments make it rather clear that Apple has been mulling over a physical game controller (or something like it) and it may be time for those ambitions to come to fruition.

I’ve reached out to Apple, but the company has declined to comment.

(Also, here’s hoping it looks nothing like the Pippin controller pictured above.)


Apple Game Controller Could Be Charged Wirelessly While Also Having a Lightning Port

Apple Game Controller Could Be Charged Wirelessly While Also Having a Lightning Port

Apple is reported to be prepping a game controller that should help increase the Apple Arcade user base when it’s paired with the new 2020 Apple TV. The game controller itself will most likely feature a Lighting port but according to a tipster, the device may get charged wirelessly too.

The update comes from ‘a_rumors0000’ who earlier tweeted that the new Apple game controller will be ‘more advanced than the Atmark controller’ and stated that its release will take place next year. This means that the 2020 Apple TV rumored to feature an A12X Bionic will most likely not have this game controller as part of its accessories bundle.

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The game controller getting charged with a Lightning cable was quite obvious as Apple is not yet ready to give up its proprietary port. While we’d much rather hear the news that the Apple game controller would be charged via USB-C cable, the company needs to continue those royalty payments from third-party accessory manufacturers. However, the thing that surprised us the most is the game controller getting charged wirelessly.

A smartphone that’s compatible with a Qi wireless charging pad will need to have a glass back for the wireless induction process to start so does that mean the Apple game controller will also feature a glass bottom? There’s a possibility this might happen, but it might unnecessarily increase the cost of the controller and make it extremely fragile. What Apple could do is follow the same approach as it did with the AirPods Pro charging case, as it can charge wirelessly while being made of plastic.

In related news, the Apple game controller could also be paired with the company’s rumored ARM-based console and there’s a chance that more games arriving on the iPad could provide better controller support in the future. It’s no secret that Apple’s custom ARM chips deliver crazy performance in such a thin package and all that performance would go to waste if Apple doesn’t home in on other ventures, such as gaming.

Are you excited to see what this game controller will look like? Let us know down in the comments.

News Source: Twitter (a_rumors0000)

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GameSir introduces X2 Lightning iPhone game controller

The X2 Lightning is a split game controller for iPhone with pass-through charging and turbo button.

GameSir introduced the X2 Lightning controller as a follow up to its popular USB-C and Bluetooth gaming controllers. It offers the standard ABXY face buttons and responsive trigger buttons that use micro switches for maximum response.

The controller slides open to accommodate any iPhone up to 6.81 inches, so it has space for future larger devices. The Lightning plug rotates when inserting or removing the device to allow for easier attachment/detachment.

The turbo button is a unique feature for the X2 Lightning. It has three turbo speeds that can be toggled by the user on-the-fly.

In classic consoles like the Sega Genesis, turbo would be used to cause repeated button presses when some buttons were held down. Modern games aren't designed with turbo functions in mind, so the reasoning behind the feature is unknown.

The X2 Lightning joins the ranks of several vice-like controllers like the Backbone One. This style of controller seems to aim for sliding attachments and pass-through charging as primary features.

The GameSir's X2 Lightning controller is only currently available form the company directly for $69.99. GameSir promises Amazon availability in the next few months.

Review: SteelSeries Nimbus+ Is Best Apple Gaming Controller Yet

Connect a wireless game controller to your Apple device

Learn how to pair a wireless Xbox or PlayStation controller to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac. 

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Connect your wireless controller to play supported games from Apple Arcade or the App Store, navigate your Apple TV, and more. 


Pair a controller

Learn how to pair the following game controllers to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac.

Pairing mode steps, button controls, and button customization vary across game controllers. Check with your game controller manufacturer for details. 

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iOS 15: Apple reveals new game controller UI with powerful SDK

After the WWDC21 keynote, Apple held the Platforms State of the Union where engineers previewed some of the new features, APIs, and SDKs available to developers with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and more.

Early last week, we talked about the ability to seamlessly record game sessions with a controller in iOS 15. The new ReplayKit lets users video-capture a rolling buffer when playing a game. With this feature, it’s possible to immediately grab the last 15 seconds as a clip.

Apple promoted a “Tap into virtual and physical game controllers” session during the WWDC21 week, and one of its engineers talked about this feature:

As I showed you earlier, the system gestures for media capture are a double press to capture a screenshot to your Camera Roll, and a long press to start and stop a ReplayKit recording. This year, we’re adding a super cool new type of media capture, 15-second highlights. So now, instead of having to remember to start and stop your recording, players can just turn on automatic background buffering, which will let them save the last 15 seconds of gameplay any time they long press.

In the same session, the Apple engineer also gave a first look at this new game controller UI for games in iOS 15.

These new on-screen controls for iPhone and iPad look amazing, and they’re carefully tuned for grip locations across hand sizes and for a great responsiveness and feel. They’re easy to add to your application and act just like a game controller. Instead of writing your own on-screen overlay UI and translating touch inputs into your game input system, these on-screen controls appear to your code just like game controller framework GCController objects, so your input logic can remain much more consistent.

According to the engineer, it’s possible to customize the controller with your own symbols as they integrate with the color and style of the developer’s game while still sharing elements of the design language of iOS and iPadOS.

They adjust to a variety of layouts depending on whether you want just one button, three buttons, or a d-pad and multiple buttons. The core principle of the on-screen controller is that the left and the right regions are independently configured and that the layout is determined based on the configuration.

With this new game controller UI, it’s just a matter of time until developers start to implement it on their games. What do you think about this new UI? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Review: SteelSeries Nimbus+ Is Best Apple Gaming Controller Yet
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Best Game Controllers for Apple TVWith tvOS and the App Store, the latest Apple TV offers some amazing games. This article examines the best game controllers for Apple TV.

Although my Apple TV is primarily used for streaming video, I do enjoy playing games on this device. In fact, Apple TV offers remarkable gaming capabilities. With its speedy 64-bit processor and the tvOS Metal graphics API, Apple TV actually rivals most dedicated gaming consoles. Games such as Asphalt 8 and Riptide GP: Renegade actually offer the highest resolution graphics and smoothest game play on Apple TV. I’ve experienced these titles on game consoles, and can honestly say that they’re better on Apple TV.

Siri Remote Great for Some Games

The Siri Remote is an excellent game controller for certain games. With its accelerometer, it excels at racing games. Simply tilt the Siri Remote, just like a steering wheel, to control the vehicle. It’s responsive, intuitive and loads of fun.

Unfortunately, the Siri Remote is not appropriate for all games. Although you can play most games with the Siri Remote, some games prove challenging to control. For example, a complicated first person shooter is difficult to play with the Siri Remote. This isn’t a problem, as Apple TV supports third-party game controllers.

Apple TV Supports Third-Party Game Controllers

When the new Apple TV first launched, Apple required that all games should be playable with the Siri Remote. A game controller could be used optionally, however, the game had to be compatible with the Siri Remote. Apple has since relaxed this requirement, and there are a few tvOS games that actually require a third-party game controller. Some of these are amazing games. Between the games that require a game controller and those that just work better with one, it became clear that I needed something beyond the Siri Remote.

There’s a lot of different game controllers on the market, and not all of them work with Apple TV. It’s also good to find one with rechargeable batteries, strong Bluetooth connectivity and responsive controls. Let’s take a look at best game controllers for Apple TV.

Make Sure to Get the MFi Version

Some of the game controllers featured in this article use the same model name for different versions. For example, both SteelSeries controllers have an MFi (made for iPod) version and a Windows/Android version. The latter isn’t compatible with Apple TV. Make sure to read the product description and purchase the model that’s compatible with Apple products.

SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller

SteelSeries Nimbus Game Controller for Apple TV

The SteelSeries Nimbus wireless gaming controller is one of the best options for Apple TV. It’s featured in the Apple Store and earns excellent reviews and ratings from customers. It also gets the Amazon’s Choice seal of approval.

Apple TV game controllers are standardized to offer the same features and layouts. Based on the Xbox 360 and PS4 controllers, they typically offer a directional pad on the left, two thumb joysticks, a menu button, XYAB buttons and shoulder buttons. The SteelSeries Nimbus offers these standard features with a comfortable ergonomic design. Going above and beyond, it also offers LED status lights for multiplayer gameplay. Pressure sensitive XYAB buttons are required by Apple for any compatible game controller. These add fine-grained nuance to your gaming experience.

The SteelSeries Nimbus features Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, ensuring a consistent connection to Apple TV. It also comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of operating for over 40 hours on a full charge. It even supports the lighting connector for charging. You won’t need another outlet to charge this controller, which is a huge advantage.

An iOS app is available for the SteelSeries Nimbus controller. Strangely enough, they don’t offer a tvOS app. The app provides the ability to change settings for the controller and update firmware. (continue…)

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