iOS 16 Adds Support for Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons and Pro Controller

While not advertised on Apple's website, it has been discovered that iOS 16 adds support for the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons and Pro Controller. The feature was highlighted on Twitter by Riley Testut, the developer behind iOS video game emulator Delta.

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In a series of tweets, Testut said that iOS 16 supports both single left or right Joy-Cons, or both at once as a singular controller. Testut added that it is possible to dynamically switch between using the Joy-Cons individually or as one combined controller by holding the screenshot capture and home buttons for a few seconds.

Testut also confirmed that iOS 16 supports the Nintendo Switch's Pro Controller, which is a more traditional looking game controller.


The controllers can be customized in the Bluetooth menu of the Settings app on iOS 16, which is available in beta for developers starting today. Apple said a public beta of iOS 16 will follow in July, and the software update will be released in the fall.

iPhones have also supported PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers since the release of iOS 14.5 in April 2021.

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Top Rated Comments

Pakaku Avatar
26 months ago
Now just jerry-rig them to the sides of your iPad with a bit of duct tape and hey, you got yourself a Super Switch™
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
midkay Avatar
26 months ago
So maybe for tvOS too?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yogeewan Avatar
26 months ago
what about TVOS, any idea? I would just love to fire up a game on my Apple TV and play it with the controller?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
26 months ago
Cool but these pieces of ? hardly even work with the Nintendo Switch well enough haha
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
biracialfamily91 Avatar
26 months ago
My husband and I are causal gamers on the switch so this is a really welcome change.
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exoticSpice Avatar
26 months ago
Nice
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