iOS 16 Adds Native Support for Nintendo Controllers

The updated iOS version brings native support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con.

During the recent WWDC 2022, Apple unveiled its new software and hardware including the updated iOS, M2 chips, and the new versions of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

At the presentation, the company told about many cool features it's added to the iPhone and iPad's operating system such as more personalization options, an improved lock screen, and iMessage editing. However, it also turns out that iOS 16 includes the support for Nintendo Switch controllers.

The fact that iOS 16 is bringing native support for the controllers was revealed by Riley Testut, one of the iOS developers behind AltStore. According to the developer, the Nintendo Switch Pro controller works "perfectly" with the device.

Apart from the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, iOS 16 also supports Joy-Con. Both devices can be configured by users, besides, Joy-Con offers the ability to switch modes at any time to use the two controllers separately from each other or as a single gamepad.

An engineering manager at Apple, Nat Brown, has confirmed that iOS 16 indeed introduces native support for Switch controllers. He also revealed a method of using Joy-Con with Apple devices saying that users can switch the modes by holding the screenshot and home buttons for a few seconds.

The support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and Joy-Con opens up new opportunities for Apple bringing the possibility of adding new games to the iPhone and iPad. This reflects another step in the company's efforts to dive into the gaming industry.

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