Apple Insider has come across press shots of an unannounced MOGA controller for iPhone. The device borrows the MOGA Mobile form factor (Android), but rounds off the grips and rips out the clamp that typically would hold a smartphone. Instead, both sides can be pulled apart so that the iPhone can slip into the middle horizontally, providing a different design that what's seen with the Android controller.
Like Android's MOGA Mobile, an analog thumbstick resides at the bottom right and the typical XYAB buttons placed just above that. On the left side, the analog thumbstick resides at the top left and the directional button just below. A button resides on each shoulder, and the Start and Select buttons reside under the directional button.
AppleInsider reports that PowerA's controller is expected to work with Apple's dedicated game controller framework revealed back in June. Apple reportedly named Logitech and PowerA as "key partners." PowerA even hinted to an iPhone controller back in June when we first spied the new MOGA Android controllers. PowerA seemed rather excited about Apple opening up to third-party controller makers.
According to the report, Apple's framework specifies three configurations: two form-fitting versions like the MOGA, which allows the device to sit within the controller itself, and one that's a standalone wireless model. So far there's no word on when this controller – or one from Logitech – will appear on the market, or for how much. But previous talk from PowerA and Apple suggested a Fall release, so stay tuned.