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Apple Adds Game Controller Support for iPad and iPhone

By June 11, 2013

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Yesterday was a big day for gamers. Microsoft unveiled a host of games for their Xbox ONE system earlier in the day, and Sony took the stage last night to do the same with the Playstation 4. Hidden between these two announcements was a sneak peek at what Apple has planned for gaming on the iPad and iPhone.

Apple packed a lot into the event yesterday, with an unveiling of the new Mac OS and new hardware sharing the stage with the iOS 7 unveiling. Running low on time, they gave an overview of the major features and a peak at what else was changing in the new operating system. And sharp eyes may have noted "MFi game controllers" on the screen with all the other changes coming to iOS.

"MFi" stands for Made For iOS, which is basically Apple's stamp of approval for accessories designed to work with the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. So what's the big deal with MFi game controllers? After all, there are already several game controllers made for iOS.

The big deal here is that game controller support is being written into the operating system. This means instead of getting a proprietary game controller that only works with a few specific games, we'll start to see universal game controllers. And not only will this make it easier to build controllers for iOS, it will make it much easier for developers to write in support for them.

This will be really cool combined with Apple TV's ability to wirelessly connect the iPad to our HDTV.

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