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Apple recently announced its latest operating system for iPhone devices at WWDC: iOS 16. While the update focuses primarily on allowing users to personalise their iPhone experience in new ways, another added functionality was discovered via the developer beta that might just be of interest to Switch owners.

Switch controllers, including the Joy-Con and the Pro Controller, will now be compatible with iOS devices supported with iOS 16. This was discovered by iOS developer Riley Tetsut and subsequently verified by Nat Brown, an engineering manager at Apple, who also stated that it's possible to switch between using one Joy-Con or two together with just the press of a couple of buttons.

The update essentially now allows all major console controllers to be compatible with iPhone and iPad devices, including PlayStation 5's DualSense, the Xbox Series X/S controllers, and now the Switch's Joy-Con. Sadly however, if you own the following devices, you won't be able to download the latest operating system:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)

For all other iPhone owners, however, you'll be able to start using your Joy-Con on compatible iOS devices when the new operating system launches for the public in the Fall. In the meantime, the developer beta is available right now with a public beta launching soon, just in case you want an early preview.

What do you think of the added Joy-Con functionality to iOS devices? Will you be trying it out when it launches for the public in Fall? Let us know!