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iOS 16 Is Rendering Some Games Unplayable

by George Mensah

iOS 16 is a beautifully polished mobile operating system, but it makes some iOS games unplayable due to how it handles three-finger swipes and taps.

According to 9To5Mac(Opens in a new window), while many existing apps and games continue to function normally after installing iOS 16, some rely on three-finger input as part of their gameplay. Notably, rhythm games like Arcaea(Opens in a new window) require such input, but if your device is running iOS 16, three-finger tapping now brings up the undo/cut/copy/paste menu, or undo and redo input when three-finger swiping.

This isn’t a new issue for Apple. When iOS 13 was released in 2019, Apple addressed a similar issue by prohibiting iOS from responding to three-finger gestures when a full-screen app, such as a game, was being used. However, that logic did not make it into iOS 16, so gamers are frustrated, and affected developers are left patiently waiting for Apple to recognize the issue and, hopefully, implement a quick fix.


The good news is that the issue isn’t limited to video games. When you three-finger pinch in the iOS Camera app or play the keyboard in GarageBand, a system menu may appear. What makes that good news? Because Apple is much more likely than third-party games to notice and respond quickly to problems in its own software and apps. For the time being, the issue is still present in the latest iOS 16.1 build.

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