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Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max
Apple has released Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. All three are now available from Apple for $129, are compatible with Qi charging, and come in either black or white. Per Nick Guy of Wirecutter, the battery capacity of the iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Cases is only 1369 mAh, while Apple’s iPhone 6 battery case was 1877 mAh and the iPhone 7’s was 2365 mAh. On the upside, Apple has smoothed out the much-derided hump that those cases had.
I still think the thing is butt-ugly!
So, what’s left of your coveted slimness when you add this thing Apple? Why don’t you just make the iPhone a bit thicker? That would allow for a lager battery and removal of the camera bump. Better battery life and a cleaner design. Win, win, I would think. Please show us some courage Apple, and just do it!
Oh, and if you want to show us some more courage, also put the mini-jack back.
I just have to say that I think the idea of a lager battery is fabulous—just refill your case with beer when you get low! And we could also have stout batteries, porter batteries, and IPA batteries.
If Apple ditches the iPhone Lightning connector in favor of USB-C as they did with the iPad then this case will face a short life cycle.
Of course, a new phone generation will probably have a different form factor, rendering any iPhone X? case case useless for it. The lifecycle for cases is dependent on the device they work with.
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