While patents have popped up in the past, Apple hasn't seen fit to develop its own gamepad for iOS gaming, and since 2007, has allowed third-party companies to rule the roost.
However, sources speaking with PocketGamer revealed that might not be the case for much longer, as Apple was reportedly testing the controller waters in secret at GDC.
Nobody saw the device as of yet, but the anonymous developers who sat in with Apple at the event claimed the Cupertino company was seeking day one support for the mysterious controller.
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To this point, Apple has seemingly been satisfied with the touch-based controls its iOS devices use for gaming.
PocketGamer's sources said Apple was at GDC under a fictitious name, and didn't bring any hardware along to show off thanks to frequent leaks.
The controller is believed to make a showing at Apple's April event, which is typically home to the annual iPad announcement.
Whatever Apple's plans are, the company clearly believes the controller is a secret to be guarded as closely as the next iOS device.