The US Patent and Trademark office has granted an iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories patents filed by Apple over six years ago on Tuesday. According to Apple Insider the gaming accessory patent extends-in game control beyond the handset’s display and onto D-pad or joysticks. The new patent will save plenty of screens besides adding an altogether new dimension in the entire gaming process.
The patent was filed with the name as “Accessory for playing games with a portable electronic device.” A good many clip-on accessories that might add a physical button to your iPhone/iPod to make playing more efficient for users.
Striking Similarity with iPhone Gamepads
Out of the many accessories, one has a striking similarity with iPhone gamebad. The iPhone game controller could have a space for your handset in the center. Besides, it might boast of a D-pad on one side and a pair of action buttons on the other side. The built-in “rumble” feedback is very much like a console controller.
BlackBerry-Like Tactile Keyboard
One of the other accessories might have a Blackberry-like physical keyboard for tactile tying which is quite similar to Typo keyboard. Apple Insider reports that certain embodiments hold conditions like camera, microphones and speakers. And not to speak of a Nintendo Ds-like secondary multi-touch display. It is also reported that a second handset can be used with it.
According to reports, Apple accessories might come with onboard storage for offloading game files. They could even feature a unique ability to stream gameplay to an external monitor or TV which is presently available with Apple TV and AirPlay. Currently, this technology is also supported by a number of third-party apps.
The patents had been stuck for the past years as there were many manufactures who had also vying for the same with some identical designs. The Moga Ace and Moga Rebel are the two gaming controllers out of the many manufactures who had been willing to grab the alleged patents.