Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, Qi Wireless Charging Supported

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  1. beerfish89 macrumors newbie

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  2. Swift macrumors 68000

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    Not the same design. Smaller hump -- remember when everybody complained?-- and LOWER milliamps. But higher voltage, so just the same expansion of usability, up to two days, realistically, with an Xs Max. Oh, and it can be used with Qi chargers.
     
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    I mean, personal dislikes of him aside, he showed a picture that it was not working. He's not going to put his reputation on the line unless he's confident his doesn't work.
     
  5. jk1211 macrumors 6502

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    Agree he is still a smart guy regardless if you like his personality or not.

    And a $129 1st party battery that cannot even work without giving an error in iOS is pretty bad if that is the only issue with his.
     
  6. twistedpixel8 macrumors regular

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    Your comment implies the Mophie ones are good value...
     
  7. jk1211 macrumors 6502

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    And considering the Apple ones are a measly 1369mah....this is a backup battery pack after all not a fashion hump.
     
  8. iGeneo macrumors regular

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    He's using it on an X, while it may work or not work, Apple never listed it as compatible with the X.
     
  9. jk1211 macrumors 6502

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    Understood but other than software limited there is no reason it theoretically should not work like any other lightning cable plugged in

    There appears to be some speculation on idownloadblog that it only works in the 12.1.3 beta on the X is why and Ritchie probably is not running it on that device.
     
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    What?! Yeah, of course, phones don't weigh more when charged vs dead either, same for our EV's.
     
  11. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

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    It's well accepted that antenna design is crucial to making and receiving calls. Remember 'you're holding it wrong?' So yes, cheaper cases that both cover antennas with battery, and do NOT include passive antennas to boost signal, (both of which Apple incorporates in their design) WILL impact the ability of the phone to make calls.

    Battery cases are higher tech than you are acknowledging. Its not simply slapping a battery on the back. Its integrating the software, its the elimination of switches to direct which power you run off of, its not blocking antennas, it is the incorporation of passive antennas, its wireless charging, its not interfering with the lightening port, and its making it easy to take on and off in a as needed basis.
     
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    From RR's Twitter:
    "Update: iOS 12.1.2 DID NOT work for me with iOS XS case. iOS 12.1.13 DOES work for me"
    (of course he means 12.1.3)
     
  13. Rob_2811 macrumors 68000

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    Its really strange for Apple PR to get something like that wrong for sure.
     
  14. iGeneo macrumors regular

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    What did they get wrong?
     
  15. manu chao macrumors 603

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    And cover the camera? And who knows what antennas are behind the top of the back of the iPhone Xs that a battery going right to the top might interfere with.
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    Anything that increases the price, even if only by a small amount from the product predecessor is seen by some as unacceptable.
     
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    A slight improvement in the hump’s positioning and width has made a huge difference in the estetics.
    Looks much better than the previouse Igore battery case.
     
  18. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Different use cases ultimately.

    With a battery case, I imagine a possible scenario where you keep the phone in your pocket and the case will keep it topped off while you go about your daily business.

    Then when you no longer need the case (like when it has been expended), you can remove it and still have a (relatively) thinner and lighter phone.

    Unlike a phone with a larger battery (which in turn makes it thicker and heavier to carry around). I can’t strip away half the battery if I suddenly decide I don’t need that much juice.

    The idea here is to not have to think about managing the charging of your phone. It just works in the background.
     
  19. Bacillus, Jan 16, 2019
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    It may have occurred to you that a removable battery would match any use (and phone-) case ?
    Except for being The Forbidden Fruitbag in that (almost expired) Cookette Bible
     
  20. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Sure. Just like how a wireless keyboard can work with any computer, but I ultimately settled on the Smart Keyboard for my iPad Pro because it offered the best integrated solution. I am aware of what that means for me - not least that it lives and dies by my tablet, which I am sure will be an issue when it’s time to upgrade down the road. But for now, it’s the most convenient package I have found thus far, and I am prepared to hang on to my current iPad for a minimum of three years.

    If you see yourself holding on to your existing phone for 2-3 years at least, it’s not that bad an idea to invest in dedicated accessories that can augment your existing user experience in a way that more generic accessories never can.

    A bit more convenience here. A little less annoyance there. It quickly adds up over time.
     
  21. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    I've not had good long term reliability with battery cases. The Apple one for the iPhone 6, I had it possibly 1 1/2 years. When I gave my phone away, I gave the battery case too. It stopped working shortly thereafter.

    I bought a 3rd party one for my 7+. I noticed a few months later when I went to use it again that the plug that goes into the bottom of the phone broke off.

    The current one worked on my vacation, but for best results it was best to charge it separately than charging it and my phone at one time. I noticed one day that only one of the devices had charged.
     
  22. flygbuss macrumors 6502

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    Exactly.

    I usually use my normal iPhone 7 case but when I have to go abroad for work, I just switch cases and don't have to worry about running out of battery during the trip at all.
    Before that I carried an external battery pack with me, but that felt much more inconvenient.
    (Sitting in the shuttle bus, groping for the battery and the cable in the backpack and then finally trying to fit battery and phone into my pocket when I have to get off the bus..)

    It took a while before I finally ordered it, the old smart battery case ain't no bargain either.
    Now I'm really glad because it definitely works as advertised and I don't have to think about managing the charging.
     
  23. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    The downside of the separate battery is, for those times you need it like on vacation, it is an additional device to carry and keep charged. But for emergency use that is why I bought an external battery.
     
  24. Bacillus, Jan 16, 2019
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    Hhmpff, meticulous form factor advancement.
    But the competition is getting very near:

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