iControlPad now available, a handheld gaming controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch


The iControlPad is an accessory to improve the gaming experience on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Using it with your iPhone and iPod touch, you can slip your device inside it and use it as one hand held device; it even charges your device as you play. If you want to use it with the iPad, a simple change of the sides, enables it to become a standalone hand held controller.

The iControlPad works in a similar way to the iCade and actually supports games that work with iCade too. It is basically a Bluetooth controller that emulates the Bluetooth keyboard protocols. The controller currently supports jailbroken apps and emulators such as NES and SNES emulators. This could be expanded upon very soon as one developer has already spoken to Apple about building support for the iControlPad into its official apps. The response was positive with Apple stating that as long as the app uses the official BT Stack and also offers the normal touchscreen support, it would be approved.

If app developers start to build support for iControlPad and the iCade into their apps, we could see them becoming very popular accessories. I find games on the iOS platform to be more than good enough; but constantly struggle with the on screen controls. I think Apple needs to be the one to release an accessory; if it is to become mainstream. I don’t see this happening any time soon!

The iControlPad is available as a standard controller for $56.99 or with the extended sides to house the iPhone or iPod touch for $69.99. Shipping is available worldwide.



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iControlPad now available, a handheld gaming controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch


Why do people don't just buy a real handheld like the 3DS or a PSP? The games are much better anyway. Oh wait - because then, they would be branded "gamers"...

Because some peopl don't like to carry multiple systems?
Plus ds games are crap and there are litterally no modern psp games.

Agreed. People like to have everything in one. For the same reasons that people like to have their music on their iPhone, instead of having an MP3 player AND a mobile phone.

This could definitely be the start of something big in terms of new iPhone/iPad/iPod accessories. I don't think it will be long before Apple figures out a way to perfect the on screen controls.

Who took this crap photo?? I can't even see what the thing looks like because it's so freaking blurry!! This product seems like a good idea, but what a piss poor picture! TiPB, get yourself a decent photographer!

it was nearly two years ago (June, 2008), that the iControlPad project, a d-pad accessory for iPhone was started. After going through many iterations and overcoming various roadblocks, the product is now finally ready for mass production. While the final product is nothing close to what we initially conceived, we're just glad it is finally here!

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