Is Apple working by itself recreation controller? A brand new patent suggests so!

A brand new patent means that Apple is engaged on a brand new recreation controller for iPhone, iPad, and even Apple TV {hardware}.

The brand new patent, filed with the European Patent Workplace lately and noticed by Patently Apple, factors to no less than three potential recreation controllers being labored on. They might all be utilized in barely other ways however would all enable individuals to extra simply play video games on their gadgets with out the necessity for a third-party providing. In some instances, these controllers would additionally supply performance others can’t.

One instance of the controllers Apple could possibly be engaged on is one thing much like BackBone One, a controller that will home an iPhone. The gaming grip may be used with an iPad, the patent suggests, whereas the setup does instantly remind me of the way in which Joycons connect to a Nintendo Change.

One other instance, and maybe probably the most attention-grabbing, is one that will be extra like a folio case than a standard controller. On this instance, the folio may act as a touchscreen recreation controller or secondary show.

Apple Controller Patent Drawings

Supply: Patently Apple

As Patently Apple factors out, the second show could possibly be used for way more than gaming together with FaceTime calls and extra.

A second type of recreation controller pertains to an iPhone gaming folio. Right here Apple shares various ideas offered beneath that their engineering staff have labored on. The a part of the folio that can sit reverse to the iPhone show for recreation content material, may truly be a full or partial secondary show that would present customers with messages concerning the recreation, like your gaming character is low in well being, or that the person is receiving a textual content, e-mail of FaceTime name from buddies, household or enterprise associates. It may be used to simply accept different gamers wanting to affix a multiplayer recreation.

The third choice can be extra akin to the normal recreation controller, though it could have a swap that will enable players to enter textual content and extra. This controller appears most probably to swimsuit an Apple TV gadget, nonetheless. It is instructed that swap may be used to reply cellphone calls and extra, one thing the Apple TV {hardware} is at the moment incapable of doing — suggesting the controller would work with iPhones, too.

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As is all the time the case, nonetheless, patents do not all the time flip into merchandise. Whereas an Apple-designed recreation controller would absolutely be the perfect iPhone choice to date, it could possibly be years off manufacturing — whether it is certainly ever to be launched in any respect.

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