The Nintendo Switch Pro and Joy-Con controllers will have native compatibility in iOS 16. Riley Testut, one of the AltStore iOS developers, spotted the new controller functionality in an iOS 16 developer beta released yesterday.
Nintendo Switch drivers are now supported on iOS 16
The Joy-Con support opens up the iPhone and iPad to new games that can take advantage of these controllers, and it will be interesting to see what developers do here. Apple’s work comes more than a year after the iPhone maker added support for the PS5’s DualSense controller, alongside support for the Xbox Series X controllers.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller works “great,” and both Joy-Con controllers appear as a single device for apps and games to use. Apple’s Nat Brown, an engineering manager, verified the new controller support and even disclosed a clever way to change how the Joy-Cons work in iOS 16. By holding the screenshot and home buttons for a few seconds, you can dynamically swap between using both Joy-Cons as a single controller or two separate ones.
iOS 16 is currently available as a developer preview, with a public beta expected next month and a full release in the fall.
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