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Apple Has No Plans for Dedicated iOS Gaming Controller

app_store_games_bannerFollowing today's rumor that Apple was quietly polling developers at this week's Game Developers Conference about support for a forthcoming gaming controller for iOS devices, the ever-reliable Jim Dalrymple has quickly quashed that report.

As usual, Dalrymple provides no additional comment beyond a simple "Nope", but his selective quoting of the source material suggests that he is denying any current plans for an Apple-branded controller.
"Long rumoured – and hoped for – GDC 2013 has finally provided confirmation that Apple will release its own dedicated game controller."

Nope.
Dalrymple has solid connections at Apple and has on numerous occasions and with 100% accuracy either confirmed or denied specific rumors. Prior to today, his most recent such statement came last month when he nixed a claim of a television-related Apple media event scheduled Apple for this month.

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19 months ago
Judging from typical Apple trends, It'll probably be a one button controller anyways if it did ever happen.
Rating: 21 Votes
19 months ago

I'd probably be more inclined to trust him than an "analyst" any day.


Only "probably"?
Rating: 14 Votes
19 months ago

Judging from typical Apple trends, It'll probably be a one button controller anyways if it did ever happen.


You mean like this? :D

Rating: 12 Votes
19 months ago
I'd probably be more inclined to trust him than an "analyst" any day.
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago
Not sure why anyone would buy into this anyway. Apple has always said that the iPhone is about touch... releasing a game controller not only reverses their trends, but it also complicates things by adding apps into the App Store that require an accessory.

Apple will never do this.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
A Joypad made by Apple would suck, they can't even make a decent mouse! a far better idea would be to incorporate BT drivers in iOS then we could have the option of using PS3 pads etc.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 months ago
Never trust a website that ends with ".biz".
Rating: 5 Votes
19 months ago

How come Dalrymple knows all these things? He's not confirming/denying rumors anonymously, so why wouldn't his sources at Apple stop giving him information if they know he leaks?


Apple feeds him bits of information that they want to be public without making a formal statement. Typically the types of information he is afforded are simple "nopes" to outrageous rumors. It is their way of controlling expectations.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 months ago

Never trust a website that ends with ".biz".


I think we need a new top level domain named .bs


"Hey, did you hear Apple unveiled plans for a new car!?!"

"Holy crap, really? What's the source?? Link??"

"http://www.excitingapplenew.bs"

"oh..."
Rating: 4 Votes
19 months ago


Besides, they are control freaks anyway, and whatever gaming platform, console, controller, etc, they would introduce would suffer heavily from being locked into the Apple eco system, and god knows whatever else restrictions would be there. Probably the controller would have only one button (providing a second button 2 years later as an incremental update) to not confuse the dumb masses out there. That's what todays corporate world is about anyway, to exploit the dumb masses out there which are always in majority.


Complete Rubbish. Worst comment of the week.

As opposed to Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo?

All of them are utterly locked in - All the disc games have to be Certified. With nintendo it's a proprietary disc that they have to produce!

All the online store are equally locked in with v.expensive certification process.

Even the OUYA android console is locked into their store.

You are basically calling everyone that has ever bought a console since the Atari VCS "Dumb masses"

You go off and make an open source Console and see how far you get. You'll be rife with piracy, will be interesting to see how OUYA copes with Androids massive amounts of illegal software.

A close ecosystem has worked in the games industry for decades and the main reason that titles have some semblance of quality.
Rating: 3 Votes

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