Monday marks the beginning of Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference, where the tech giant is expected to reveal some of the enhancements coming to the next iteration of iOS. What if one of those enhancements is support for external gamepads for its iDevices? Indeed, what if Apple, on the eve of the biggest game industry event of the year, revealed its own game controller? Sources suggest it's not as crazy as it sounds.
We've been hearing rumors of an Apple-developed game controller for the iPhone and iPad for as long as the devices have had games, but the company has traditionally been quick to shoot them down. Steve Jobs believed in the design of the iPhone and its offshoots, and a core feature of that design is the touchscreen. Creating an additional accessory to control the action might suggest the touchscreen wasn't adequately handling its function. Jobs would have never allowed that. Under Jobs, Apple would never create an external gamepad. Then again, under Jobs the iPhone screen would never have changed its size and shape, and the iPad Mini wouldn't have happened.