iFixit Does X-Ray Teardown of New iPhone 11 Smart Battery Case

Apple last week debuted new Smart Battery Cases designed for the iPhone 11, ‌iPhone‌ 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with each case adding 50 percent additional battery life to its respective ‌iPhone‌.

Noted repair site iFixit and Creative Electron today did an x-ray teardown of the new battery cases to take a quick glimpse at what's inside and how the near camera button feature works.

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Compared to last year's battery cases, the new cases have a camera button on the right side that's designed to open the camera when it's pressed. With the Camera app open, pressing the button takes a photo, and holding it down takes a QuickTake video.

According to iFixit's x-rays, the camera button works though a little circuit board in the case, which has a thin, flexible circuit that runs to the photo button. The circuit board is designed to connect to the camera button through the Lightning port at the bottom of the case.

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The button is designed to be just a bit recessed to prevent it from activating in a pocket or a bag, and you do need to hold it down for just a bit to open the camera app to begin with. All in all, it's a useful little feature that adds some nice utility to the Smart Battery Case.

There's little else of interest in the x-ray, but the inductive charging coil is visible, as is the 10.9v battery and other internal circuitry that makes the case functional.

For more on Apple's Smart Battery Cases for the ‌iPhone‌ 11, ‌iPhone‌ 11 Pro, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌, make sure to check out our guide.

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Top Rated Comments

acorntoy Avatar
60 months ago
A battery case that contains batteries, i'll be darned.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orbital~debris Avatar
60 months ago
iPod flashback (scroll-wheel ?)!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarlJ Avatar
60 months ago

They should keep the entire back at the same thickness level and put in another battery in an L shape above the two batteries that are in the case right now.
That would break their hinged method of getting the case on and off easily.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nvmls Avatar
60 months ago
Shot on iPhone XR™
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pukifloyd Avatar
60 months ago
They should keep the entire back at the same thickness level and put in another battery in an L shape above the two batteries that are in the case right now.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LuciusWrong Avatar
60 months ago

Too bad Apple didn't keep going and add a headphone jack and SD card slot for external store capability added to iOS 13 and USB C fast charge and transfer port and they would have sold them like gangbusters. Also they should release an updated version with the camera button for their older devices.

I still think the iPhone 12 should come without a battery at all and be super thin and allow the user to buy a thin, thick, massive or power cell battery case.
Keeping with the same theme, they should drop storage to 1gb, because the cloud. Who needs all that old fashioned local storage when there is a giant cloud in the sky so hungry to soak up all our data???
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)