iPhone XS-Like Smart Battery Case Icon Spotted in Action on iOS 12.1.2

An icon depicting what appears to be a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS has been spotted in action on an iPhone running iOS 12.1.2, providing yet another clue that Apple may be planning to release such an accessory.

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The discovery was made by a Reddit user named Tom, who decided to significantly trim down Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 7 to fit his iPhone X. Not only did the case function, but it also revealed the iPhone X-esque Smart Battery Case icon with a slimmer design and a vertical camera cutout.

Apple discontinued the iPhone X in September, so the icon likely applies to the iPhone XS, which sports the same physical design.

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The icon appears to be the same one discovered in watchOS code by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, although this time in action on an iPhone. The new case appears to have a Lightning connector, but no "chin" extending below the iPhone.

Rambo also uncovered references to three model identifiers for the case in iOS code, including A2070, A2071 and A2171, suggesting that Apple could release the case in three different sizes for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Another identifier supposedly hinted at a 2018 release, which did not happen.

Images of possible iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Cases were also uncovered in a Fall 2018 merchandising guide for Apple resellers.

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Apple has never released a Smart Battery Case for a plus-sized iPhone, however, and the larger iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max already deliver longer battery life, so it's possible the new case could be for the iPhone XS only if released.

Apple's first Smart Battery Case was for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, and was equipped with a 1,877 mAh battery that protruded out of the back of the case. Apple later released an iPhone 7 version with a similar design but larger 2,365 mAh battery. Both remain available to purchase for $99 in the United States.

By now, there has been plenty of evidence to suggest that Apple has at least considered releasing a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS. Whether the plan comes to fruition remains to be seen — a release could certainly be soon.

Top Rated Comments

jjudson Avatar
69 months ago
Okay...

Lemme get this straight.

Apple makes the iPhones super thin, removing battery capacity...

...and then wants you to buy a case to get your battery capacity back.

?
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
69 months ago
No worries, Apple, I had a welt like that once, my doctor wrote me a prescription, and it cleared up within days. I'm sure the same could work here.



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Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
69 months ago
Okay...

Lemme get this straight.

Apple makes the iPhones super thin, removing battery capacity...

...and then wants you to buy a case to get your battery capacity back.

?
And they wonder why people aren't buying the $1K+ iPhones...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lolkthxbai Avatar
69 months ago
What I’m most intrested in is if the new cases will charge wirelessly just like the newer phones. Otherwise, having charge it via lightning would be a digression in technological progress.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wanted797 Avatar
69 months ago
No worries, Apple, I had a welt like that once, my doctor wrote me a prescription, and it cleared up within days. I'm sure the same could work here.

Are you planning on posting this on every battery case story...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gmanist1000 Avatar
69 months ago
Don't forget, it also adds the extra bulk back to the phone.
[doublepost=1546535152][/doublepost]Honestly, Who's using their phone so much that a full charge isn't lasting the day? Some people need to take a look at their lives.
People who travel
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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