At Apple’s iOS 7 introduction last week, CEO Tim Cook made a vague reference to an official set of standards that manufacturers will be able to use to make game controllers for iOS devices. The situation is murky, however, because companies with early access to iOS 7 must sign a non-disclosure agreement. Over the weekend, Kotaku released what they promise is a photo of an upcoming iPhone controller made by Logitech.
Why is this exciting, when companies have been making iOS controllers for years? Because previous controllers, like the iCade seres, are third-party add-ons not officially supported by Apple. This lack of official support contributed to a feedback loop of developers not making their games compatible, which halted sales for the controllers.
Image courtesy of Kotaku.
That could all change with Apple’s new standard for official controllers. With controller compatibility built right into iOS 7, developers will be a lot more likely to make their games compatible. And with companies like Logitech building the controllers (like the one pictured above), we could see widespread sales among iOS gamers– particularly if/when Apple opens the Apple TV to game developers.
This could spell the beginning of an exciting new era for iOS gaming.