Apple announced a lot of things the other day as part of WWDC, but there were also interesting things that didn’t make it to the headlines. iOS 16 will bring a lot of really cool features when it finally comes out, you can load the lock screen with all kinds of useful widgets and more, reinterpret the Dictation function a bit and make it smoother, plus a little something for gamers: now your favorite Nintendo-made wireless they can also use their controller if they want to play on iPhone or iPad.
Long story short: iOS 16 brings native support for Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers.
The Joy-Con controllers are the ones that snap onto the Japanese manufacturer’s hybrid console from the side, they can be used to control the game, they can be used together and separately, and this will soon be supported not only by the Nintendo Switch, but also by the iPhone.
In other words, you can pair a “half” Joy-Con, or both, with the devices of the apple manufacturer via Bluetooth connection – it was revealed from the recently published post of an application developer running only as @Rileytestut on Twitter.
Support seems to be working already, at least for the pro controller, haven’t tested joy cons
— Rens Verhoeven (@renssies) June 6, 2022
Nat Brown, an Apple engineer, also confirmed that you can pair two Joy-Con controllers, or switch between the two or one of them by holding down the Capture and Home buttons on one of the tiny controllers. Given that iOS 16 is currently in developer beta, the entire operating system is riddled with all sorts of bugs, so this feature isn’t perfect either, but by the time it’s released, it’s likely to be perfected.
Now some users who have been brave enough to install the beta version on their own mobiles have reported that the switch is not completely smooth at the moment. You’ll likely have far fewer problems with the more conventionally designed Pro Controller, which is an excellent asymmetric controller, although its D-pad leaves something to be desired…
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