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Now that iOS 7 supports external game controllers, get ready to ditch the on-screen controls. Logitech teased a gamepad last week and now an image of the device has leaked to the web.

logitech gamepad for iphone

Hate on-screen controls when playing games on an iPhone? Apple’s new iOS 7 software actually supports gamepads and one of the first may come from Logitech. The company teased such a device on its Facebook account last week and on Tuesday, noted insider @evleaks tweeted a picture of Logitech’s gamepad for iPhone:

This type of product wasn’t possible before as prior versions of iOS didn’t support hardware controllers. Apple added such support with iOS 7, which launched on September 18.

From the looks of it, Logitech’s gamepad has fewer controls than the Mogo Pro Controller I recently purchased for my Android devices. Instead of a full complement of sticks, triggers and such, Logitech appears to be going with a directional pad and four action buttons.

I can’t yet tell if the gamepad will connect to an iPhone via Bluetooth or if it communcates directly through the Lightning connector, but I do like how it keeps the iPhone camera uncovered. This could make for some interesting augmented reality game experiences.

  1. Am I the only one that see’s this and thinks it is useless without the a left and right thumb/joystick?

    I know Apple’s game controller developer requirements allow for controllers without them, but considering most of the FPS/etc. games use on screen thumb/joysticks it seems like it would be a must have for a hardware controller.

    A controller which only has a directional pad and action buttons just seems useless to me.

    For anyone curious, here is Apple’s developer specifications on creating game controllers:

    https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/ServicesDiscovery/Conceptual/GameControllerPG/Introduction/Introduction.html

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  2. Did u even watch the WDC conference where that had a session about iOS 7 controllers
    This is just a gamepad
    There is still a extended gamepad that has thumbsticks and triggers

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