Apple is reportedly designing a physical game controller for iOS devices.
That's according to AnandTech, which claims in its new iPad review to have been informed of "an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market".
However, it adds, "whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen."
Google introduced basic wired and wireless controller support to its Android operating system with the launch of Honeycomb 3.0 last year.
Not only would a similar move by Apple make existing 3D games like Grand Theft Auto 3 more playable on iOS devices, but with the technical capabilities of iOS platforms rapidly approaching those of home consoles we can expect to see a new generation of more advanced games on Apple products in the coming years.
Epic Games told us in February that it's "constantly pushing" platform holders to make their next-generation consoles as advanced as possible "because if they don't, Apple will go right past them".
The Gears of War developer is working on a fresh version of Infinity Blade, subtitled Dungeons, for the new iPad.