Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR in Short Supply and Won't Ship Until July

Supplies of Apple's Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR are limited right now, and new orders made for a Smart Battery Case in the United States won't ship out until July.

There's no word on why the Smart Battery Cases are temporarily unavailable from Apple, but there could have been a manufacturing delay or issue that has caused available supply to dry up.


Right now, Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR all list delivery dates between July 1 and July 16, with pickup available in retail stores on July 16.

Those dates pertain to all colors, including Pink Sand, White, and Black, for all Smart Battery Cases.

The Smart Battery Case shortage also means that warranty replacements for Smart Battery Cases in need of repair are unavailable at the current time, as MacRumors reader Andy learned from a retail employee. Replacements will likely be available again in July when supplies improve.

Though in short supply from Apple, Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max can still be purchased from Amazon.



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16 weeks ago
I've had my smart battery case and I love it. No problems. Probably has to do with the tariffs or all this stuff going on with China.
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16 weeks ago
Looks like Tim Cook, the 'supply-chain master' is at it again.
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16 weeks ago
I love mine but I am not going to use it for "daily use". I just want to Japan for 24 days and used it then. Other than that, I'll use it on hikes and day trips and vacations. It's really a great case...Just a little bulky for everyday use. Glad I got mine before the shortage.

Now hopefully they ship the airpods I ordered on the 21st soon.
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16 weeks ago
I have an iPhone XS Smart Battery case that is probably about 8 weeks old now. It has not worked right and I took it to the Fifth Ave Apple Store in NYC on May 13. He had no replacements and said no store in NYC had any in stock, but as I lived in LA, he documented the problems and told me to go my closest store, which is Century City in LA. I went there, they confirmed the problems and ordered me a case - that was over 2 weeks ago at this point. I do think there is a quality issue - if I stick a cable in when the phone is in the case, I can't use CarPlay and I can't charge either device. But if I take the phone out, I can charge the case and I can charge the phone. So obviously this points to an issue with the lightning connector on the case. The phone charges both with cable and wirelessly and the phone is newer than the case - it is about 6 weeks old.

Hope any of that detail is useful.
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16 weeks ago
I’d like one for hikes and whatnot, but by the time I get one, given this news, the new iPhones will be very close to release and I do plan on trading my Xr in. I’m not shelling out that kind of money for a case I’d use only for about 3-4 months.

It would be much appreciated if the next generation of iPhones has this useful accessory released along with the phones.
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