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Apple Potentially Working on Smart Battery Case for Latest iPhones

It's been three years since Apple first debuted the $99 Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and eventually 7, which included a rear-facing protrusion that held a 1,877 mAh battery. Apple may be working on a similar accessory for newer iPhone models, according to a discovery made by 9to5Mac in the second beta of watchOS 5.1.2.


In previous versions of watchOS, Apple Watch had an icon that displayed a battery case with a bottom chin and horizontal camera, indicating this as the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. In the latest beta of watchOS 5.1.2, things have been changed and this icon now displays a battery case with no bottom chin and a vertical camera.

Image via 9to5Mac

While far from a confirmation, this suggests that Apple could be working on a Smart Battery Case for the latest set of iPhones with vertically aligned cameras, which would include iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. For previous generations, Apple never made Smart Battery cases for "Plus" iPhones, presumably because a major selling point for those devices was increased battery life sans battery case.

Unless Apple changes tune, this means we'd likely see a Smart Battery Case for iPhone X/XS. Still, the launch window for such an accessory -- if there even is one -- remains unclear.

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20 weeks ago
I just wish Apple would make these damn iPhones a tenth of a millimeter thicker so that they can have a longer lasting battery in them to begin with...
Rating: 23 Votes
20 weeks ago

I just wish Apple would just make these damn iPhones a tenth of a millimeter thicker so that they can have a longer lasting battery in them to begin with...

Apple has been making them thicker every year since the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6: 6.9 mm
iPhone 7: 7.1 mm
iPhone 8: 7.3 mm
iPhone X: 7.7 mm
iPhone Xr: 8.3 mm
Rating: 14 Votes
20 weeks ago
You know, Apple, a little cortisone cream would clear that welt right up.



Rating: 11 Votes
20 weeks ago
My XS Max makes it through a day easy. But nice to have the option.
Rating: 11 Votes
20 weeks ago
Cool idea: make the internals as if you were going to make a thinner phone, but then make the same-sized phone and put a bigger battery in.
Rating: 9 Votes
20 weeks ago

I just wish Apple would make these damn iPhones a tenth of a millimeter thicker so that they can have a longer lasting battery in them to begin with...


The have been making them thicker every year since the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6: 6.9 mm
iPhone 7: 7.1 mm
iPhone 8: 7.3 mm
iPhone X: 7.7 mm
iPhone Xr: 8.3 mm


iPhone 6: 6.9 mm MAKE them 7.0 mm instead with a larger battery
iPhone 7: 7.1 mm MAKE them 7.2 mm instead with a larger battery
iPhone 8: 7.3 mm MAKE them 7.4 mm instead with a larger battery
iPhone X: 7.7 mm MAKE them 7.8 mm instead with a larger battery
iPhone Xr: 8.3 mm MAKE them 8.4 mm instead with a larger battery
Rating: 8 Votes
20 weeks ago
Which acknowledges that the original design is less than acceptable for a lot of people that do actually use their phones all day long.
Rating: 7 Votes
20 weeks ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/06/apple-potentially-battery-case-latest-iphones/')


It's been three years since Apple first debuted ('https://www.macrumors.com/2015/12/08/apple-unveils-battery-life-case-iphone-6s/') the $99 Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and eventually 7, which included a rear-facing protrusion that held a 1,877 mAh battery ('https://www.macrumors.com/2015/12/10/apple-smart-battery-case-teardown/'). Apple may be working on a similar accessory for newer iPhone models, according to a discovery made by 9to5Mac ('https://9to5mac.com/2018/12/06/icon-found-on-watchos-beta-shows-battery-case-for-this-years-iphones/') in the second beta of watchOS 5.1.2.



In previous versions of watchOS, Apple Watch had an icon that displayed a battery case with a bottom chin and horizontal camera, indicating this as the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. In the latest beta of watchOS 5.1.2, things have been changed and this icon now displays a battery case with no bottom chin and a vertical camera.


Image via 9to5Mac


While far from a confirmation, this suggests that Apple could be working on a Smart Battery Case for the latest set of iPhones with vertically aligned cameras, which would include iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. For previous generations, Apple never made Smart Battery cases for "Plus" iPhones, presumably because a major selling point for those devices was increased battery life sans battery case.

Unless Apple changes tune, this means we'd likely see a Smart Battery Case for iPhone X/XS. Still, the launch window for such an accessory -- if there even is one -- remains unclear.

Article Link: Apple Potentially Working on Smart Battery Case for Latest iPhones ('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/12/06/apple-potentially-battery-case-latest-iphones/')


PLEASE APPLE!

The Msart Battery Case is by far my favorite accessory for any of my Apple products. It’s one of the reasons I’m still using my iPhone 6S.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 weeks ago
Man this design is SO ugly. I’d prefer they just make the phone 1mm thicker and have that be allll battery.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 weeks ago
I've always wanted a smart battery case for my plus/max phones. Hope this happens
Rating: 4 Votes

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