iOS 7 Arrives September 18, Followed By A Flood Of Game Controllers

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Announced today at Apple's special event in California, the eagerly-anticipated iO7 update rolls out free to most iOS devices on September 18, bringing with it built-in support for game controllers. Then the fun begins.

Expect every major controller manufacturer to have some sort of game pad available for the new iPhones and the old iPads and iPod Touches by the end of the year. Meanwhile, game manufacturers will poke at the idea, maybe half-heartedly add controller support to their games to see if anyone bites.

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It should be interesting to see how how big an impact controller support has on Apple's gaming environment.

iOS 7 launches on September 18 for the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini and 5th generation iPod Touch.

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