This was announced by Riley Testut, one of the developers of the “alternative” application store AltStore. He found support for new controllers in the beta version of iOS 16, which was released yesterday.
According to him, the Switch Pro gamepad “works perfectly”, Joy-Con controllers are also recognized by the system as a single device.
!!! iOS 16 natively supports Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers!!
Can confirm they work perfectly with Delta 😍 pic.twitter.com/p8u1sdjvTt
— Riles 🤷♂️ (@rileytestut) June 6, 2022
This information was confirmed by Apple manager Nat Brown and further explained how in iOS 16 you can switch Joy-Con modes between operating as a single device or as two independent controllers.
Test away. Lmk if you hit any issues. With both paired, hold the bottom face buttons (left “capture”, right “home”) for a few seconds to join the Joy Cons into one controller and do it again to split them.
— Nat Brown (@natbro) June 6, 2022
This solution will not only allow mobile game developers to use Switch console controllers in their projects, but may, in theory, interest Nintendo in porting some of its own games to the Apple platform or at least make it easier to develop a “multiplatform”.