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Apple is working on a game controller for the iPad, which could see a further rise in the popularity of mobile gaming and a bigger threat to consoles.

Apple is working on a game controller for the iPad, which could see a further rise in the popularity of mobile gaming and a bigger threat to consoles.

 
AnandTech reports that Apple is secretly developing a project to bring a physical controller to the market, but qualifies this by saying that it's in the early stages and thus may not make it into reality.
 
The plans appear to be a response to Google's introduction of controller support for Android last year, which gave it an edge for those who like to play mobile games but aren't keen on touchscreen controls.
 
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Gaming on the iPhone and iPad have become extremely popular over recent months and will likely only grow with the addition of full high-definition displays to the latest iOS devices. Games are also moving away from the purely casual approach of the likes of Angry Birds to full immersive games like the enhanced edition of BioWare's classic RPG Baldur's Gate, which is set to release on the iPad and other platforms this Summer.
 
Of course, part of the success of mobile gaming is its portability, which is somewhat negated by the need to lug around a controller.  Apple might also be inclined to develop a proprietary controller rather than allowing a wide range of existing controllers to work with its devices. The controller might even be reserved as a feature for the next iPad rather than simply adding the functionality into existing tablets.
 
Source: CVG