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Apple to release licensed gamepad controller for iPad and iPhone this year

Apple is said to be releasing a licensed controller compatible with the new iOS 7 mobile platform on iPhone and iPad devices later this year.

The Cupertino company will release a game pad for iOS devices later this year via a third party manufacturer, but an actual design has not yet been revealed.

According to information contained within the Apple WWDC 2013 keynote, leaked data on the Apple Developers site and PocketGamer sources, the iOS 7 game pad is already in production and will be available later this year, in line with the “autumn” iOS 7 release date.

The iOS 7 game controller will either be a wraparound device that transforms the iPhone or iPad into a handheld gaming console like the PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS, or a wireless standalone controller connecting via Bluetooth.

Apple must ensure that its licensed gamepad conforms to a number of industry standards, undergoing a certification process that ensures all controllers meet the necessary requirements.

This certification will make sure that the controller has the correct button layout, analogue stick dead zone, an ergonomic build and will test button response time as well.

Of course, if Apple does produce a licensed gamepad controller for its iOS 7 devices at least mobile gamers can be sure that it is compatible with all games with controller support held within the vast Apple App Store.

Developers will also be pleased as they will automatically know their game is compatible with a licensed Apple controller, rather than having to configure and test their titles for other unofficial iOS gamepads.

According to the sources, Logitech and MOGA, who already make Android game controllers, will have officially licensed game pads for iOS 7 devices like the iPhone 5 or iPad mini by the autumn months.

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