A new iPhone game controller designed by MOGA has been revealed in an online Twitter post, according to an Oct 25 article in Apple Insider. MOGA is the maker of Android controllers that transform Android handsets into mobile gaming systems.
This “Made for iPhone” controller sports the features found on most modern console gamepads. A directional pad and thumbstick are positioned to be handled with the left thumb. Action buttons and a second thumbstick are manipulated with the right thumb. Two shoulder buttons reside along the top edge of the controller—one on the left side, one on the right. There is a pause button. A 18oo mAh battery supplies power.
The iPhone neatly nestles in the center of the controller, and the controller, in turn, frees up valuable iPhone screen space.
Apple is supporting the development of third-party game controllers for iOS 7, providing app frameworks, “form-fittng” hardware designs and guidelines. Apple made clear to developers at its annual WWDC in June that game controllers should be optional for users, not a requirement. Apple has already announced that both MOGA and Logitech are “key partners” in this area.
Look for “Made for iPhone” controllers to be available before Christmas.