While Apple’s tech specs for just-released Smart Battery Cases for the latest phones omit any mention of battery capacity, they do have larger capacities than the old ones when taking voltage into consideration.
Apple on Tuesday released a handful of new Smart Battery Cases for its latest line of iPhones. The Cases are priced at $129, available in both black and white colorways, and are available for the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.
It’s been about a month since I purchased Apple’s highly-polarizing Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6s. During this period of time, I’ve been using the case almost non-stop. I did remove the Smart Battery Case for a few days during the past month to see what life was like without the extra battery life, but I was happy to return to it not long after my experiment.
Most, if not all, of my initial impressions still hold up a month later. The Smart Battery Case might not be the best looking design to come out of Cupertino, but in real world usage, this thing is a winner.
It was only a matter of time before the folks over at iFixit got their hands on Apple’s newly-released Smart Battery Case for the proper teardown treatment, and today is the day that we get a peek inside of the case’s innards.
It goes without saying that the $99 Smart Battery Case will score low on iFixit’s repairability scale, as tearing down the case means peeling back the soft lining inside the housing and dealing with lots of sticky adhesive.
Tim Cook on Wednesday attended one of Apple’s Hour of Code events in New York, where he fielded questions regarding his company’s new iPhone battery case. Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff asked the CEO if he was excited about the new case, which many folks have started referring to as “the hump.”
“You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” he said, adding that Apple was well aware of the comments being made about the Smart Battery Case. He went on to talk about some of the advantages of it over competing products, such as how easy it is to attach and remove the case from your phone.
I’ll be the first to admit that my initial knee-jerk reaction to the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case wasn’t good. The peripheral, which was basically the butt of jokes all morning on Twitter, seemingly came out of nowhere to the feigned horror of many.
You’d be hard-pressed to identify another company whose products are subject to such intense scrutiny like Apple. Even when you have a low key release like the Smart Battery Case, it’s bound to make a splashy first impression for better or for worse.
The good news is that the $99 iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case isn’t half as bad as it looks. In fact, after a few hours of usage, I can say that I kind of like it.
Is the design peculiar? Indeed. Is it weird that Apple is jumping into the battery case game? Sort of. But overall, this is a product that I think many will like if they only give it a chance.