While the iPod started out as a dedicated music player, with the introduction of the iOS and games to the App Store, the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad have become some the world's leading video game systems. We all have video gamers on our gift lists this holiday season. These are some options that will keep them entertained for the coming year.
With its big screen, motion controls, and access to the 1,000,000-plus apps at the App Store, the iPad is a terrific mobile gaming platform. It's less portable than the iPod touch, but if your gamer likes watching movies on the go or reading eBooks, the iPad could be the right gift for them.
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3. Game Controllers
While the combination of the multi-touch screen and sensors built into the iPad and iPod touch offer great controls, accessory manufacturers have developed add-ons to assist gamers. If you've seen any video game console controllers--and you can bet your recipient has--these will look familiar. Gamers who demand high performance may appreciate these. Keep an eye out in particular for MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers—these use the latest technologies and will deliver the best features and experience. Controllers are, or will soon be, available from:
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5. Remote-Controlled Plane or Car
Wish that the gamer in your life would got off the couch and into the outdoors a little more often? Maybe they will with these remote-control toys. The Parrot AR.Drone is a plane that comes equipped with two cameras and can be flown using an app on an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone. The cars are recreations of a Ferrari or Porsche and is driven via an app that connects the car to your iOS device by Bluetooth. A particularly cool new option is the Anki DRIVE, a system that combines real-life cars and an augmented-reality app for racing in the real and virtual worlds.