Logitech's iOS 7 game controller photos leak
Now that iOS 7's Game Center will introduce the ability to use third-party controllers when released this fall, Kotaku has been given what apparently looks like a wrap-around prototype gaming attachment from Logitech.
Though the popular gaming site can't confirm the photo's authenticity, there are a few interesting details regarding the controller attachment. The device seems to attach to the iPhone 5 considering the opening length and lightning connection. Input seems to come from one analogue stick, four face buttons and a mysterious button near the bottom.
However, images uploaded to NeoGaf features two different controller layout concepts. One is similar to Logitech except with a par of shoulder buttons and d-pad. The other concept looks like a more traditional wireless controller featuring two analogue sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons, four shoulder buttons and the same mysterious featured on all the attachments.
Though iOS 7's Game Center will allow third-party controller support, Apple will force these manufactures to go through a certification process in ensuring that the devices all adhere to the exact same standards according to reports. Those requirements include a set controller layout, analogue stick dead zone and even button response time. Two forms of iOS 7 controllers can be made; one that wraps around like the alleged Logitech prototype mentioned above or a wireless hook up. Due to the set standards, iOS 7 game developers can just support one pad.
Alongside Logitech, MOGA is also set to bring a form of their Android controllers over to Apple's mobile operating system. Apple, on the other hand, has yet to announce its own controller input device.
Companies like iCade and SteelSeries have already made iOS game controllers in the past. However, they weren't officially supported by Apple.
Last week during its WWDC 2013 conference, Apple announced iOS 7 that adds tons of new features to its mobile devices.