If you’re an iPhone user who plays quite a lot of PUBG Mobile or Fortnite and you haven’t updated your phone to iOS 13, you might want to hold out on the major update for just a little while longer.
As noted by Apple during their description of the new update, iOS 13 has a new set of text-editing gestures, which while convenient for regular users of apple devices, it can have a negative impact on those who use the platform to primarily play games like Fortnite or Pubg Mobile. The controversial update essentially renders titles such as Fortnite and PUBG Mobile unplayable. Why is that such a big deal? Well, both games, as well as many others, rely on multiple, simultaneous touch inputs to control in-game characters. The issue with iOS 13 is that a three-finger press-and-hold gesture was introduced to allow for more granular text editing options.
Since the official release, countless players have complained that the added gesture is game-breaking for Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, in particular. Both titles rely on third-person perspectives and often involve keeping two fingers on the screen for moving a character and controlling the camera while a third finger is arched across the screen to aim down sights and perform other in-game functions. (The tactic is referred to as the “claw” or “claw grip,” for the contorted hand position you find yourself making to pull it off.) Yet doing the gesture in-game will open the new text editing bar instead, and battle royale games are one-life-per-found affairs where you can’t afford to swipe away a menu in the heat of a battle with another human player.
These new gestures which bring up commands such as undo, copy and paste – can be activated by pressing three fingers at the same time on the iPhone screen. Now, shooters such as PUBG Mobile often require players to have three fingers in contact with their screen. Two fingers are for moving the character and controlling the camera, while the third finger performs functions such as firing.
Thankfully, both Epic Games and Tencent, developers of Fortnite and PUBG Mobile respectively, have recently acknowledged the problem and look to improve it in a later patch. Tencent, in fact, has even added an in-game notice on the possible interruptions to matches due to the gesture on iOS 13.
“We are aware of an issue for players who upgraded to iOS 13.0, where touching the screen with 3 fingers will trigger an iOS function and interrupt the game.
We have already raised the issue with Apple, and we will continue working with them to resolve the issue. We suggest players who play the game with 3 or more fingers do not upgrade to iOS 13.0 until this issue is resolved.
Thank you for your understanding.
PUBG MOBILE Team”
From what we know, Apple first rolled out its iOS 13.1 update on September 24, six days ahead of its previously planned release date of September 30. The update fixed the text-editing gesture to only activate in applicable situations, such as when the user is editing text, and will also allow app developers to specify the instances when the feature is active.
Apart from that, iOS 13.1 is also expected to patch a lock screen bypass exploit, as well as introduce several new features such as automated Siri Shortcut actions and an Apple Maps feature to share a user’s ETA to a destination.
As per a report by 91Mobiles, the iOS update will also introduce processor throttling for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, a feature that drew backlash in the past but should be less noticeable in these newer models.