According to Free Patents Online Apple has just been granted a patent for a game controller for the Apple TV. The patent was granted today but just submitted this March so its clear this is not old news. It looks very familiar and almost a clone of the PS2/3 controller with the addition of a NFC communication badge (which the new version of the Apple TV and iPhone also have NFC badges in these schematics).
There has been a lot of rumor and speculation about Apple’s future potential gaming plans in the past but his seems to be concrete evidence that the game is officially on and that Apple is entering the gaming market in very serious way. As i have said before watch out when Apple enters your market cause they tend to make the best products and we all know how picky gamers can be.