Backbone Labs has acknowledged the problem that hinders the use of its excellent iPhone gaming controller with the new iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. As we noted last week, the iPhone 13 Pro’s thicker camera bump means the phone doesn’t sit neatly inside the Backbone One controller, either sticking out on one side or causing the bridge to buckle slightly on the back. It’s not useless, but it’s not great.
“We spent an enormous amount of time meticulously crafting every surface of Backbone One (both bits and atoms) and even designing universal support for the iPhones that were available when it was released,” a Backbone representative wrote in a statement. official post on reddit. “As a result, we are disappointed in the current situation. Several people on the team have even upgraded to 13 Pro Max for a better gaming experience, and while the fit is acceptable for some users, it’s not as good as we’d like.”
To address this, Backbone has designed an adapter intended to enhance the experience with the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Unfortunately, the company says it won’t be able to mass-produce them right away due to supply restrictions and COVID-19, so the adapter design will be released as an open-source 3D printable file. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, Backbone says “we’ll do our best” to send an adapter to users who contact the company’s support team.
The printable files must be posted online “within days”; we’ll let you know how well the solution works when we can.