Apple Expected to Release iPhone XS Battery Case Soon, Possibly iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR Versions Too


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Apr 12, 2001

Apple appears to be readying the release of a new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, and possibly versions for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR too, based on information uncovered by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo.

Rambo uncovered references to three model identifiers for the case in iOS code, including A2070, A2071 and A2171, suggesting that Apple could release the case in three different sizes for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Another identifier found in the iOS code reportedly points towards a 2018 release.

Apple's first Smart Battery Case was for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, and was equipped with a 1,877 mAh battery that protruded out of the back of the case. Apple later released an iPhone 7 version with a similar design but larger 2,365 mAh battery. Both cost $99 in the United States, with the latter still available.

9to5Mac earlier found an icon in the watchOS 5.1.2 beta that appears to correlate to the new Smart Battery Case. The icon suggests the case will have a Lightning connector, but it's unclear if wireless charging will be supported. It also looks like the new cases might not have a "chin" extending past the bottom of the iPhone.

It's not out of the ordinary for Apple to release new accessories in December, with the original Smart Battery Case launching this month in 2015 and AirPods launching in December 2016 after a multi-month delay.

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macrumors regular
Mar 31, 2016
California, USA
I really hope so for my XSM! Been waiting for the day that I can just use my iPhone as much as I wish without any worries of battery life or finding a nearby charger
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macrumors newbie
Nov 7, 2017
Like what I said in the previous post...
They better make separate ones for X and Xs. I don’t want that unsightly 1mm gap under the camera because of having to use a Xs one on my X.
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macrumors 68020
Jun 18, 2014
i could easily explain the reasoning behind: charging the magic mouse, charging the first apple pencil, the notch, removal of a headphone jack, and etc...

but the first Apple iPhone battery case design is something i cannot figure out.
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macrumors 65816
Aug 1, 2000
long overdue. apple forgets to update so many products regularly. but at least it is coming soon
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