Apple today updated its online store with the addition of three new products: Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Every version of the case costs $129, regardless of iPhone size. Each new case is available in both Black and White, and the designs resemble that of the previous Apple Smart Battery Cases, with a silicone exterior and a large bulge on the back to accommodate the battery.
The Smart Battery Case is compatible with Qi chargers, so you can still take advantage of wireless charging while using the case. These are the quoted charge estimates for each case:
* XS: 33 hours talk time, 21 hours Internet use, and 25 hours video playback
* XS Max: 37 hours talk time, 20 hours Internet use, and 25 hours video playback
* XR: 39 hours talk time, 22 hours Internet use, and 27 hours video playback
In the past, Apple hasn’t made Smart Battery Cases available for Plus-sized phones, so it’s great to see that now, regardless of your iPhone size, you can get a case that raises battery life to meet the needs of heavy use.
This is swell and all, but there is significant space at the top where Apple could put … oh, I don’t know … a 3.5mm headphone jack. How great would that be?
It’s not a new idea, but is one that should be restated.