Apple could release a gaming controller as its next accessory. According to a patent filing, Apple has filed a patent to reserve design concepts for three different mobile gaming controllers. These are compatible with both the iPhone and iPad and come in two well-known designs as well as one unique design. According to the new patents, Apple is aware of the growing importance of mobile gaming in today’s world, and that developing their own gaming devices could be profitable.
The Three Designs of the Apple Gaming Controller
According to the patent, the Apple gaming controller could come in three different designs. The thumb and control button placements are nearly identical to those of Microsoft’s Xbox controller. We’re not sure if a very similar controller would add enough value to Apple’s offering, given that it already supports the Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation controllers with its devices. Xbox and PlayStation controllers are already widely used, and they support cross-platform gaming, giving them an advantage.
The second patented design is similar to the JoyCon controllers found on the Nintendo Switch. The latter had a snap-on design that allowed two modular controller units or a controller base to be used as game controls to be snapped onto either end of the console.
Asus offers a similar controller as part of its ROG Phone lineup, the Kunai GamePad. The latter, on the other hand, necessitates the addition of an external frame to the device for the controller units to be snapped on, resulting in a bulky setup. Given Apple’s proclivity for fine-tuning and keeping things simple, it would be surprising if the controllers in question did not receive a more refined design if they were to be released.
In the third design, a folding pad is used, similar to the iPad’s flip cover. When you open this cover, you’ll see a controller interface with a touch panel in the center. The touch panel, which has a four-way button on one side and control buttons on the other, would deliver notifications while gaming, freeing up the main display.
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