Apple is slowly investing in gaming content with Apple Arcade, but there’s still quite a market the company could explore – and maybe it will. The company’s latest patents reveal that it plans to introduce its own game controller.
Patents related to game controllers have been granted to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office over the past two weeks (via Apple obviously). The patents suggest that the project is still quite experimental, as the illustrations show different types of controllers. The first patent was published on March 31 while the second was published on April 10.
In one of the concepts explored by Apple’s engineering team, the company is showing an accessory similar to Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con, in which the controller is separated into two different parts that can be attached to the sides of the device. It would work with both iPhone and iPad, in either portrait or landscape orientation.
The second alternative is designed exclusively for the iPhone and would function as a foldable case with the buttons inside. Additionally, the case would also have a small built-in screen to display additional game content or even a touchpad.
Finally, the patents show a third game controller with a more classic joystick design. This would work with all Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Mac via Bluetooth, and it would feature a special switch to activate a game mode on the device or even answer a call while playing.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Apple has released its own gamepad. In 2020, Twitter leaker @L0vetodream also said that Apple was working on a joystick – but nothing more has been announced. said since then. Of course, a product in this category would now make perfect sense with the Apple Arcade and Apple TV.
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