Apple Launches New Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

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Apple today launched new battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with the new cases available for $129.

This year's Smart Battery Cases are similar in style to the Battery Cases that were made available for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, but with a square-shaped camera cutout to accommodate the dual and triple-lens camera setups.


The cases are made from silicone with a soft microfiber lining to protect the iPhone and a soft elastomer hinge design to make it easy to get the case on and to take it off. Apple is offering the cases in black, white, and pink sand, though the iPhone 11 version comes only in black or white.

New this year is a dedicated camera button on the case that is designed to launch the Camera app whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. A press of the button takes a photo and a longer press captures QuickTake video. Apple says it also works with selfies.

As with last year's cases, the new Smart Battery Cases are compatible with Qi-based chargers so the case and the iPhone can be charged simultaneously. According to Apple, the cases are designed to provide up to 50 percent longer battery life to each iPhone when fully charged for longer talk time, internet use, and audio and video playback.

The Smart Battery Case is deeply integrated into iOS so you can see your battery status on the iPhone Lock screen and in the Notification Center, making it clear how much charge is left.

We've known that Smart Battery Cases were in the works since earlier this year, as we found signs of them in the iOS 13.2 update. This year's Smart Battery Cases are available ahead of the holiday season, while last year's didn't launch until January.

The cases are available to order now from the online Apple Store, with orders set to deliver on Monday, November 25.

Article Link: Apple Launches New Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
 
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Ninflu

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$129! Damn. Hopefully it dips to $79 for black Friday. The current price point is horrible
You can get the Mophie iPhone 11Pro Case for 79.99$ at Verizon. Bought it on Monday at Verizon Store in Chicago, Michigan Ave.

I don't think that Apple will provide a cheaper deal so soon after release.
 
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dsraj

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New this year is a dedicated camera button on the case that is designed to launch the Camera app whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. A press of the button takes a photo and a longer press captures QuickTake video. Apple says it also works with selfies.
Is this real? No mention of this on the product page on Apple's website.
 

Relentless Power

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There really is a market for these, especially if you’re a commuter where you don’t have access to a charging port throughout your day and you're a ‘heavy user’ with your iPhone for calls/media. Plus, I’d rather have an OEM case from Apple than I would from that junk Mophie makes.
 

konqerror

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Apple should really reconsider the design. This humpback thing has been around forever and looks just as ridiculous today as it did back then...
Where else are you going to put a large chunk of battery? Over the top of the screen?

And you have to avoid the camera area too, since it will intrude into wide-angle pictures and glare from sunlight or the flash will reflect off the case and into the lens. (e.g. why athletes wear face paint, why some airplanes have their nose painted black)
 
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bb11

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Keeping your battery at %100 for longer periods degrades the battery. Apple knows this and added optimized battery charging feature in IOS 13 to prevent battery degradation.

Last years battery cases charged the phone to %100 percent and kept it at %100 percent until the cases battery runs out. Will these new cases do the same?
 

OneMike

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Cool but not needed for me. With the pro Max I get all day battery life. could come in handy at times but not often enough to justify
 
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iGeneo

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I travel a bit and with the Xs Max, I needed this. Mostly podcasts on the flight, occasionally some SMS and would end up in the UK around 35-40%. With the Pro, I'm no less than 70% so far.

So.. I'll probably buy anyhow, but don't really need it desperately