iPhone 15 Pro Max with HDMI cable and game controller

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  • iOS 18 is introducing Game Mode to iPhones.
  • Game Mode improves performance, reduces latency with accessories, and decreases background activity.

Apple has a long-standing reputation for its lackluster gaming capabilities. PC gamers have naturally gravitated towards Windows for many years, and gaming smartphones are usually Android devices. The company has been trying to change this for some time, and in late 2023, it introduced Game Mode for macOS. At WWDC 2024, it has also announced Game Mode for iPhone, a feature that will improve the gaming experience in iOS 18.

According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief, this mode will enhance performance by maximizing frame rates and reducing background activity. 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.