While the lawsuit between Apple and Epic, the developer of the game Fortnite, continues, new rumors are circulating about Apple’s ambitions in gaming. Currently, Apple already offers a subscription service called Apple Arcade, which offers access to a catalog of video games in exchange for a monthly subscription.
But of course Apple could also … start a console. In any case, this is suggested in an article posted on the wccftech website, relayed by a Korean source. According to this source, Apple would develop a hybrid console (between a portable console and a home console) with a format comparable to the Nintendo Switch.
A competitor to the Switch offered by Apple?
While the latest iPhones and the latest iPads are already performing well, Apple is looking to create a product for games that specifically has a streamlined design and a more efficient cooling system. Additionally, the Cupertino company would develop an entirely new family of processors (unlike the A-series and M-series) to advance this future console. Finally, Apple would also negotiate with major studios so that they offer exclusive content for Apple Arcade.
But at the moment this is of course still just a rumor. And that’s why caution is always advisable. On the other hand, it’s always possible for a project like the one mentioned by this source to be abandoned at the last minute.
It is clear that Apple is interested in games. Additionally, by introducing a console, Cupertino would take a different path than Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, which rely heavily on cloud games.
In addition, it should be noted that cloud gaming is a source of tension between Apple and other companies. Indeed, offering services like Microsoft’s xCloud or Google’s Stadia on iOS (compared to Android) is complicated due to the limitations imposed by the App Store.