GameBone Pro: First iPhone Controller Peripheral

If you watched MacWorld or WWDC 09, you know that now , developers can add some external devices to work side by side with their apps. At both Apple events they presented such “toys” that had to do with the medical field and of course TomTom has a toy that goes with the much awaited turn-by-turn navigation.

But nobody said anything about such a thing for gaming.Today, Australian iPhone accessory manufacturer 22Moo revealed one of the first controllers to take advantage of the iPhone’s new functionality — the GameBone Pro.

As seen in the mockup above, the GameBone Pro features an eight-way d-pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder triggers. The controller connects to iPhone OS 3.0-equipped iPhone and iPod Touch devices through either the 30-pin connector port or through a wireless Bluetooth connection. When using the 30-pin port, the GameBone will use an internal lithium-ion battery to provide additional power to the connected device.

The GameBone has a set of built-in speakers, a microphone, and a headphone jack. Each controller will also come bundled with a dual-function stand that will display the connected device horizontally or vertically.

Apple didnt announce , tho, any native support for such a device, so applications will need to be updated to add support for the GameBone or any other peripheral. 22Moo plans to have the device ready for sale in September, and is currently polling site visitors to determine a recommended pricing point.

The GameBone Pro features :

• Dual connectivity – Connect with Bluetooth wirelessly OR use the 30-pin dock connector cable

• 2000mAh Lithium-ion Battery for additional power for your iPod touch / iPhone*

• LED showing charging state and capacity

• 8-way D-Pad with 6 buttons

• Bluetooth button for pairing and status

• Built-in speakers, mic and 3.5 audio headphone jack

• “Made for iPod” and “Works for iPhone” certification**

Additional, the GameBone Pro will come with a iPod touch / iPhone stand supporting vertical and horizontal positions.

Pricing and Availability

What are currently open to pricing suggestions from the public. We want to ensure our customers get the best value possible and our distributors/resellers receive a decent margin as well. Please feel free to suggest a recommended price for our GameBone Pro.

Currently our ETA for the GameBone Pro is mid September 2009. To be notified when it becomes available, register your interest HERE.