iOS 16 lets users pair Switch Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers to their Apple devices

Apple device users (well, most of them) can now look forward to the fact that they will soon be able to pair their Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers to their phone. Apple’s iOS 16 was unveiled on June 6 and beta testing through the Apple Developer Program soon followed suit, which is how the discovery was made.

This may be good news for those who are used to using the Delta emulator on their phone, which allows you to play GameBoy and Nintendo games on your iOS device. Delta users will now be able to pair Switch controllers with their phone and use it to play various emulated Nintendo titles.

One person participating in the beta, an iOS developer named Riley Testut, shared his discovery on Twitter. They even showed how they can play Super Smash Bros. using the Delta emulator and connected controllers.

The discovery was later confirmed by one of Apple’s engineering officials, Nat Brown, who tweeted that users “test away” then shared instructions on how to use just one Joy-Con at a time. Fortunately, switching between a single controller or a pair seems to take just a few button presses, rather than meticulous fine-tuning.

When iOS 16 finally rolls out, iOS devices will officially support Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X/S controllers, as well as the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller. However, the latest iOS update will not be available for the following iPhone and iPad models:

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE (first generation)
  • iPad Pro 11 (first, second and third generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation)
  • iPad Pro 9.7
  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • iPad (fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth generation)
  • iPad Air (third and fourth generation)
  • iPad Mini (fifth and sixth generation)

Will you be testing your controllers with your iPhone or iPad when iOS 16 is released? Or have you already tried out your Joy-Cons as part of the beta?