Apple is on roll today has officially added to its line of dedicated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s accessories. With the release of a battery case for the flaghsip iPhone, the product comes entirely out of the blue and represents Apple’s first foray into producing official Apple branded battery pack cases for its own devices. Latest addition of this Apple accessories range of iPhone comes with a couple of color options, is available almost immediately for pickup from an Apple Store, and offers a unique integration of hardware and software that only an official Apple product could bring. Admit it!
The Smart Battery Case is engineered specifically for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 to give you even longer battery life and protection. And are new first-party accessories launched quietly overnight on the company’s online store.
Costs $99. This accessory is available for Apple’s smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6s/6 only and not for the bigger 5.5-inch Plus iPhones, likely due to significant larger batteries already present in iPhone 6s Plus/6 Plus. The product itself looks very similar to Apple’s own silicon iPhone cases that are already available for the company’s range of devices. Separated by the fact that the Smart Battery Case comes with a rather prominent additional lump on the rear where the integrated battery is housed.
Claimed that this Smart Battery case will apparently increase the iPhone’s talk time up to 25 hours, internet use time on LTE up to 18 hours and video playback up to 20 hours. But Apple has disclosed the battery capacity of the case in terms of mAh, it’s only a matter of time before someone pulls that info out for the public in a teardown of the product.
However the integration of hardware and software means that Apple is able to update the connected device’s UI to show users exactly how much battery is left right in the Batteries widget in Notificaton Center as well as the Lock Screen. Great, isn’t it?
There’s also a soft microfibre lining that adorns the internal of the device, and because of Lightning connector passthrough, means that you can still connect your phone to Lightning accessories while the case is still on, such as Lightning based speaker systems, charging docks, and so on.
Apple’s smart battery case is good, then, if you want a softer case or a “passive” battery charging experience, with zero control over or understanding of how the case actually charges your phone. Maybe that’s what Apple is hoping: that buyers of this thing will slip it on and never take it off, charging their iPhones entirely through the case’s Lightning port going forward, forgetting about its big ol’ bump in the back. They will be pleased, finally, with their iPhone 6’s or 6S’s battery life, and the memory of spending an extra $99 for it, rather than having it just work that way in the first place, will eventually fade away.
It’s fine if you don’t want exterior indicator lights, or a even a case that gives you a 0 to 100 percent charge. After all, this one was designed for the iPhone, by the same company that made your iPhone. For some people, that’s a big draw.
Those opting to purchasing Apple’s first official venture in the battery case world will need to part with $99. Available to purchase by choosing from Charcoal Gray or White finish on the product. The accessory is available to purchase directly from Apple’s online and retail stores. Shipping estimates currently sit at 1-3 business days, and those who live near an Apple Store will be able to select a personal pickup option, as well.
The iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case as it’s called is the first product of this nature from Apple, and will immediately go into competition with third-party offerings, whereas others have to be sourced via companies like Amazon.
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