Apple had reportedly asked device-makers to submit home automation product plans for approval at the MFi Summit in China last week as part of the HomeKit program. This would be one of the final steps before HomeKit home automation products begin shipping.
Apple has apparently introduced a new specification to their MFi program to allow manufacturers to build headphones that run audio through an iOS device's Lightning, rather than the 3.5mm headphone jack. Headphones utilizing the spec will be able to receive stereo 48 kHz digital audio and send mono 48 kHz audio. They will come in two configurations, according to 9to5Mac:
MFi controller support seemed like a great compromise: gamers who wanted real game controls would be able to get devices that worked. And the fact that support was built in to the operating system meant broad support. Or so I thought. Five months after iOS 7's release, there's still only a relative handful of games that make use of MFi game controllers. Not to mention a paucity of MFi controllers.
Support for MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) game controllers came with last fall's introduction of iOS 7. Some products have focused specifically on the iPhone and iPod touch market with devices that clamp on to the iPhone. SteelSeries is taking a different tack with its Stratus game controller, a standalone device that works with iPads too. It was introduced for $99, but SteelSeries has since cut the price to $79.99. The Stratus is available either in black or white.
All three MFi game controllers designed to work with iOS devices - Logitech's PowerShell, MOGA's Power Controller and Steelseries' Stratus - debuted at $100. But Logitech and Steelseries have already cut the prices on their controllers (to $70 and $80, respectively). Now MOGA is following suit. They've reduced the price of their Ace Power Controller to $79.99, according to MacRumors.
Signal is a brand new MFi controller designed for iOS - it's a full-sized game controller that looks a lot like one you might find on an Xbox. It's got dual thumbsticks, a d-pad, action buttons, shoulder buttons and works with any iOS 7 game that supports MFi game controllers. Georgia gets her hands on a pre-production unit!
Riptide GP 2 from Vector Unit is one of the finest iOS games we've played this year, and over the holiday period it got even better, more specifically for folks who have picked up an iPhone game controller. Support for MFi game controllers is still something that a minority of gamers will be looking for, but a definite bonus when top titles such as this add it.
The MOGA ACE POWER is one of the first MFi (Made for iPhone) game controllers to hit the market. This new generation of Apple-supported, Lightning adapter powered controllers promise even better compatibility and performance, but are they really ready for primetime? Do they make that much of a difference? And can they be used over AirPlay to make a virtual console?
Performance PC game peripheral maker Razer is working on an iPhone game controller, according to Evan Nelson Blass, a technology writer who posts to Twitter under the moniker @evleaks. Blass posted what appears to be a rendering of a device with a Razer logo on it on his Twitter account.