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iOS 18 brings Game Mode to iPhone, promises smoother gaming experience

With iOS 18, Apple is finally giving gamers a bit of love. Come learn what Game Mode is all about!

Published onJune 10, 2024

iPhone 15 Pro Max with HDMI cable and game controller
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority
  • iOS 18 is introducing Game Mode to iPhones.
  • Game Mode improves performance, reduces latency with accessories, and decreases background activity.

At WWDC 2024, Apple announced Game Mode for iPhone, a feature that it says will improve the gaming experience in iOS 18. This follows the introduction of Game Mode for Macs in macOS Sonoma in 2023.

According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief, this Game Mode on iOS 18 will enhance performance by maximizing frame rates and reducing background activity when playing games on iPhone. This should free up some resources so that higher-end games can better utilize them. Game Mode should also improve the response time with AirPods and gaming controllers, reducing lag and giving you those milliseconds you need.

This should place Apple in a better position for gamers, as most iPhones are actually pretty capable devices that can play any high-end titles — including a growing number of console ports for AAA games, like some Resident Evil titles. It must be noted, though, that Apple is playing catch-up here, as gaming modes have been available for years, mostly coming from gaming-focused smartphones. Android 12 also introduced Game Mode APIs with Android 12, along with Game Dashboard.

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