Apple Considering Motion Sensing, Rumble, Dual Screen And Button Add-ons For IPad, IPod, IPhone

Gamers complaining about the lack of buttons on the iPhone, iPod and iPad may see a solution in the near future through the help of a frame for the devices that will be packed with features, control pads and buttons.

IntoMobile discovered a gaming accessory patent made public yesterday on the U.S. Patent and Trademark site that shows that Apple is looking into creating a number of device frames that would feature an assortment of add-ons including a direction pad, buttons, a camera, speaker, internal rumble, motion sensing and even a very Nintendo DS-looking second screen.

The patent, first filed in 2008, but made public yesterday, explains that "while playing games can be fun on these portable electronic devices, it can also be somewhat awkward, particularly on a portable electronic device having a touchscreen."

Amen to that.

"The same screen used for viewing an avatar's activities is used to control the avatar," the patent explains. "This arrangement causes the user's fingers block the action. Thus, while these portable electronic devices include a highly efficient interface, when playing games it is often desirable to have a more specialised user interface. "

A solution for this problem, it seems, is to lock your device into a frame that includes the added functionality, making the svelte portable a bit chunkier, but far more gamer friendly.

Of course, this is just a patent and it could be that Apple is using it to prevent others from coming in and doing something for their device that either they want to do or don't want anyone to do. So don't hold your breath.


    Well seeing as this is backed by some official looking patent site I’m guessing this isn’t just some elaborate April fool’s joke. I could actually see this kicking off. People love buying gadgets to add functionality to their ipods, hell I own 5 different ones myself. It’s weird that Apple practically left the add-on market to 3rd party companies.

    wheres the dual thumbsticks? touchpads are great and all, but a thumbstick would be amazing for handling those fiddly virtual thumbsticks at the base of so many game screens

    It's a genuine patent application - I went to the patent office hompage and entered the application number (20100081505)and it did bring it up.

    Nintendo needs to be inducted into a Hall of Fame.

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