According to the recent filing, Apple may be working on game controllers that can easily connect to an iPhone or iPad. The business has been speculated to be working on an ARM-based console several times, and the recent patent could add gasoline to the fire.
Rather than filing a patent in the United States, Apple, according to Patently Apple, did so in Europe, where the requirements are different. On March 31, 2022, the patent was published under the number WO2022067344, with the following description.
“In some embodiments, an electronic device displays user interfaces associated with games in response to detecting input devices having been connected to the electronic device. In some embodiments, an electronic device displays a reduced user interface in response to detecting that a cover has covered a portion of the display of the electronic device.
In some embodiments, an electronic device displays a user interface via a display generation component of an input device. In some embodiments, an electronic device projects a user interface via a projection device of an input device. In some embodiments, an electronic device directs inputs from an input device to different user interfaces depending on the mode in which the input device is operating.”
Apple is rumoured to be experimenting with three different game controller designs. The first figure is labelled FIGS. 6A, 6B, 6F, 6J below, demonstrates how the two accessories can be easily linked to an iPhone, transforming it into a portable gaming device. While one end could be connected to the iPhone’s Lightning connection, the other end’s compatibility with the iPhone is unknown. Apple likely uses a pairing method similar to how AirPods communicate with Apple’s devices.
An iPhone gaming folio is the next game controller style. This folio will be placed on the other side of the iPhone’s display and may have a secondary screen to aid communication while texting using a pop-up keyboard. The third way is more typical, but because this is not a design patent, the actual commercial product may alter dramatically. This controller could be used with an Apple TV and has a slidable switch control that allows the user to convert between gaming, messaging, and phone modes.
The patent is a 266-page document that provides interesting data about Apple’s probable plans to sell gaming accessories, but whether they will be developed specifically for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV will have to wait and see.