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    Apple in recent years has transformed the iPod from a digital music player into a versatile handheld gaming platform. Games now make up a large percentage of all Apps sold in the App Store. Nintendo, once the undisputed king of handheld gaming with their Gamboy console, now considers Apple a real threat to their dominance. Current iOS devices have sensors such as accelerometers and three-axis gyroscopes that allow users to control games in ways never previously thought possible. The only thing missing from all this gaming bliss is an actual physical controller.

    When released, the iControlPad will be just what gamers have been waiting for: a D-pad, four real buttons and two analog controllers. The iControlPad is a peripheral that attaches to the iPod Touch or iPhone using a modular design that should insure that this peripheral will still be compatible with future iOS devices.

    The iControlPad originally was going to connect to iOS devices via the dock connector but will now connect using Bluetooth instead. This change in design stems from Appleís recent patent infringement suit against Sanho over the use of MagSafe technology in Sanhoís third-party HyperMac batteries. The developers at iControlPad donít want to incur the wrath of Appleís legal department, so the switch over to Bluetooth conductivity is their way of avoiding any legal ramifications. Unfortunately, this change in design has delayed the release of the iControlPad.

    Itís currently unclear if this peripheral will be compatible with official App Store games. The developer website shows demos of the iControlPad in action but the games are all being played with jailbreak emulators. That being said, the iControlPad appears to make games like Wipeout much more playable and enjoyable.

    When Apple decided to make gaming on iOS devices a real priority, I was a bit skeptical at first. I did not think playing games on a touch screen device would be very much fun. I was so wrong. Although I still own a Nintendo DS Lite and a PSP, I rarely play them anymore. With the cost and convenience of App Store games and the quality of games continually increasing, I donít see myself going back to my DS or PSP anytime soon. The Nintendo 3DS looks very promising but I already own an iPhone 4 and have dozens of games for it. When the iControlPad is release, you can be sure that I will be first in line to buy one. I hope itís compatible with Super Mega Worm.

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iControlPad to Use Bluetooth Instead of Dock Connector started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I've said many third party accessories are ugly, but this is hideous

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    1. smr891's Avatar
      smr891 -
      Looks like it should have a big ole motorola inserted into it
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      I don't even know why companies bother, go buy the nintendo dsi xl for $170 CND and go crazy! Front and back cam w/ mic 2screens 93% bigger then the ds I, sure it's more realistic then this waste of time for real man. I'm 18 and I bet my friends and I can make something look like that hunk of garbage. Ps I hope the makers see my comment.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      I applaud their effort, but that thing is just not going to sell. If it's going to be bluetooth then they could revamp the design and make it much smaller and sleeker
    1. San23's Avatar
      San23 -
      Lol wow this think looks retarded and disgusting I'd pay 5 bucks for it
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      It looks real tacky I'd love to play games with a dpad but I don't think I'd get this..

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    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      It was perfect back when it was PSP-styled, and now it looks like crap. Why?

      Count me out, times infinity.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      Welcome to the 80's?? That thing is huge. Who is going to bring that places? It looks bigger than the original gameboy
      I agree that thing is MASSIVE, but it would be nice for sitting around the house and playing pokemon
      GPSPhone FTW
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      I want this.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      I'll pass. It's bulky. The original design was so much better. At this rate it will never come out. It also needs AppStore support or it's not worth it.
    1. gotanmp3's Avatar
      gotanmp3 -
      I can't wait to play Duke Nukem Forever on this!
    1. harmycl's Avatar
      harmycl -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      There was no iPhone 5 years ago...
      I'm just saying it was a loong time agoo when they were going to release it.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      God not this again...in another two
      Months headlines will read: iControlpad decided to Change there buttons from numbers to
      Shapes and the product is delayed again...then iControlpad changed from shapes to colors to avoid lawsuit from Sony and will be delayed again...iControlpad is changing from colors and design due to the iPhone 5 release, delayed again
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      That is bulky! I'm not sure if it is comfortable, but I doubt it will fit in my pocket. This isn't going to convince me to use my iDevice over my DS for gaming.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Ill buy it if it ever happens.
    1. davidx1's Avatar
      davidx1 -
      the concept is a bit too old...
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      If they make better emulators such as nes and snes, then ill get one forsure. But till then, nope

      BTW: Those emulators run full speed on the Android phones with 1ghz cpu's.
    1. Sarah Hastings's Avatar
      Sarah Hastings -
      I donít understand several people here are saying stuff about emulators and GameBones which are much better than the controlpad. It ought to have some features that arenít in the rest. I like the Bluetooth idea. Although I am of opinion to wait until a better non-delayed version is out.

      Nice stories to hear aboutÖI agree with all who think the features must be attractive enough to make it worth-buying also Apps store support is a must.
    1. Sarah Hastings's Avatar
      Sarah Hastings -
      Nice stories to hear aboutÖI agree with all who think the features must be attractive enough to make it worth-buying also Apps store support is a must.