Apple Begins Selling New Accessories, Including Updated Rotor Riot Game Controller for iPhone and iPad

Apple today began selling an updated version of the Rotor Riot game controller with newly added "Home" and "Options" buttons. The controller, designed for use with the iPhone and iPad, is priced at $49.99 on Apple's online store and delivers in one to two days.

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Rotor Riot is advertised as the only Lightning-connected, full-sized game controller available today. The direct Lightning connection ensures low latency and eliminates the need to wirelessly pair the controller to an iPhone or iPad, and the controller also lacks a battery since it is powered directly by the device it is connected to. The controller's built-in Lightning connector allows for pass-through charging of the iPhone or iPad during usage.

The controller continues to come with an optional "Zero Gravity device holder" in the box for use with the iPhone 6 and newer. A full list of devices compatible with the controller is available on Apple's online store.

The controller otherwise looks similar to the previous version, with analog left and right joysticks, digital A/B/X/Y buttons, digital L1 and R1 bumpers, analog L2 and R2 triggers, digital L3 and R3 clickable thumb-sticks, and a digital d-pad.

Other items added to Apple's online store this week include Mophie's portable MagSafe stand for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, new AirTag key rings from OtterBox and Incase, a 128GB flash storage stick from SanDisk with both USB-C and Lightning connectors, an Incase sleeve for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, and more.

Top Rated Comments

fbr$ Avatar
12 months ago

The direct Lightning connection ensures low latency and eliminates the need to wirelessly pair the controller to an iPhone or iPad, and the controller also lacks a battery since it is powered directly by the device it is connected to.
My DualShock 4 works via USB-C cable on both my iPad Pro and MacBook Pro. It also has an internal battery and works via Bluetooth on any device, including my iPhone.

I don't see any advantage in a controller who only works via Lightning cable.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Neepman Avatar
12 months ago
I really dont get the lightning port / cable hatred. Its a billion times more robust and less subject to wear than USB-c. I would rather have the cable break that the internal tongue of the USB-c port. A lot of people are going to be in for a rude awakening a few years into their USB-c power ported devices.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xenomorph Avatar
12 months ago
Lightning port. Oof.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
12 months ago
$49.99 not a bad price.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TinyMito Avatar
12 months ago

Lightning port. Oof.
Yeah why???

Xbox has USB-C.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pro Apple Silicon Avatar
12 months ago

I really dont get the lightning port / cable hated. If a billion times more robust and less subject to wear than USB-c. I would rather have the cable break that the internal tongue of the USB-c port. A lot of people are going to be in for a rude awakening a few years into their USB-c power ported devices.
Well I guess that's debatable. Which is the more fragile design? Internal tongue, or internal contacts? Either of them can fail over time for different reasons.

I think the reason why Lightning is annoying people now is because it is holding back the "all in" move to USB-C that many people want to make. It is much like Netflix not being a part of the TV App. You can't have an "all in one" solution when the biggest player is missing.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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