Technology giant Apple has taken account of the growing importance of mobile gaming for on-the-go consumers by opening up its latest iOS 7 system to standardised third-party game controllers. As part of the move, the iPhone and iPad developer is introducing specific regulations that developers across the globe will now follow to ensure their games work with any of the brand’s handsets.

Although third-party controllers have been usable on iOS before, the developments suggest Apple is paying attention to the growing mobile gaming market and have addressed this in order to stay relevant.

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Apple ios 9Under the new scheme, developers will be able to step outside the restrictions brought about by touchscreen and target games and explore other ideas.

Earlier this week, the company unveiled its latest operating system, which represented the first of its kind overseen by new design chief Jony Ive.

As part of the plans, Apple is moving away from the use of leather, wood and other real-world textures in front of a sleeker theme.

Commenting on the new direction for the company, Jan Dawson – chief telecoms analyst at the Ovum consultancy – said:

“This is a clear statement from Apple that it acknowledges the need to refresh the user interface and is willing to do something pretty dramatic.”

Tech-savvy consumers are likely to be the most excited by the new developments, as it points to a change of direction for the world-famous brand. This bold move is set to cause quite the stir among individuals who have become accustomed to their old iPhone functions.

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