It could be that the prayers of iOS gamers everywhere are about to be answered. That's right: Apple might be going to support gamepads working with iOS devices. Update: Not quite.
A patent uncovered by GameRevolution today details a method for an iPhone to learn and mimic the commands of other devices. One diagram shows a Dualshock-style controller communicating with iOS devices connected via RFID or near-field communication protocols. This looks like it might be related to speculation from a few months ago that Apple was working on a dedicated controller.