Apple's iPhone 6s Battery Case: iOS Integration Is Nice, but Better Options Exist

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's new first party iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case launched quietly overnight onto the company's online store, and now this morning a handful of sites around the web are publishing reviews for the new accessory. Most reviewers agree that it's time Apple acknowledged the lesser battery life of the 4.7 inch iPhone 6s, when in comparison to its 5.5 inch iPhone 6s Plus alternative, but some still aren't convinced that the case's design, power, and price point are justified.

    Image via Engadget

    The Verge appreciated Apple's attempts at expanding the case's functionality beyond a simple battery extension, like its built-in antennas to improve cellular performance or the iOS integration that showcases the accessory's current battery level. Still, the site had issues with the protruding lump on the back of the case and the fact that it doesn't fully charge a dead iPhone from 0 to 100 percent due to its slightly weaker (when in comparison to comparable third party cases) 1,877 mAh battery.

    The Verge also noted that the Smart Battery Case doesn't allow users to choose when the case begins or ends charging, it just starts the moment you plug the iPhone 6s into the case's Lightning adapter, perhaps a downside for more intensive iPhone users. In the end, they noted that casual, passive users who want to stay within the Apple family will get what they need out of the case, but that there are cheaper alternatives with more battery life selling points on the market.

    As opposed to The Verge's dislike over any lack of outward LED indicator lights regarding the Smart Battery Case's charge level, The Wall Street Journal appreciated Apple's attempt at discreetness. The site was overall more positive on the new product, noting that while the case's fully charged battery only brought an iPhone from 0 to 83 percent, it still provided about 5 hours more use time in a standard looping video battery test and alleviated most battery life quibbles the reviewer had with the iPhone 6s previously.
    Engadget admitted to disliking the design of the case's battery bump upon initially viewing it, but grew to become familiar with the battery protrusion. The site noted that while some may dislike the visual design of the accessory, it "isn't cumbersome" to hold for extended periods of time and is "actually pretty comfortable," although the usual stickiness of silicone in tight jean pockets will remain an issue for some. In a similar vein to other reviews, Engadget ended with stating that those tied into the Apple ecosystem will benefit from the Smart Battery Case's iOS integration, but most others can find cheaper alternatives.

    Image via Engadget
    Those interested in trying out the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case for themselves, or purchasing it for someone as a Christmas present, can visit the Apple online store to order the new accessory. 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.

    Article Link: Apple's iPhone 6s Battery Case: iOS Integration Is Nice, but Better Options Exist
  2. McFreggle macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2001
    Dendermonde/Leuven, Belgium
    Apple just gave "FUGLY" a new definition: Functional, but ugly.
  3. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
  4. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Such drama.
  5. Digital Skunk, Dec 8, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2015

    Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    It really is nice of Apple to try, but yes, there are better options out there. The title of the thread is the understatement of the century.

    Such truth. Steve would've never made the case for a case like this . . . . . questionable.

    I have a good feeling he would've at the very least, made the case to be one solid battery all around like the Mophie options. The wart in the back is a bit odd and unsettling.
  6. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    I mean, do you think that case is remotely attractive? or Justifies a 100$ price?
  7. okboy macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    Form follows function. If there doesn't need to be extra plastic casing, don't include it. The just outlines the shape of the battery, nothing more. I like it.
  8. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    I really do not like to look of it. Won't get one. Still think it is good that Apple offers something here.
  9. Arminnn89 macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Manchester, UK
    why it is called smart?, and it has been out from third party sellers for ages
  10. puma1552 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2008
    I have no need for this as my 6 is usually above 80% by the time my 18 hour waking day is done, but I think it's pretty lame you can't get a full charge out of this. Clearly there is enough space for them to have put a battery in big enough to charge the phone completely.

    But I have a suspicion that the reason they didn't do this, and allowed the hump to protrude rather than just having a uniformly fat case, is again, thinness - they don't want people to think the phone is fat, so they want people to see that the extra bulk is indeed, extra.
  11. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    the battery lump reminds me of the battery in the old Motorola flip phone...

  12. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I guess I'm fortunate in that I've never experienced that "battery problem" that everyone seems to be complaining about. My iPhone 6 easily lasts me about two days on a single charge. What I've found kills the battery fastest is actually talking on the phone, which I don't do that often. For data usage like texting, e-mail, browsing, games, I find that the iPhone has plenty of power for what I do.

    And I can't imagine Apple making an uglier case. Really. It's just awful.
  13. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Full-blown review units were sent in advance. Interesting. I'm surprised they didn't have this ready for the keynote. Maybe they are just testing the waters on a line of first-party accessories.
  14. NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
  15. loby macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010

    Ivy probably did not design it....Probably in England and let his "boys" do it as he transitions out...

    I know everyone is getting tired of the "Steve would never..." thing, but this time it is true. When the designers brought this to him, he would have said, "It sucks...bring me back something that is amazing.."

    This is ugly and not in-line with the usual esthetics and eye pleasing designs we have been seeing from Apple for the last ten years or so. Sigh...
  16. NMBob macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    They wanted to make it distinctive enough to point out that you have a phone that is so thin it has an inadequate internal battery. It should have only come in lime green.
  17. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    It's almost 2016 and journalists are still surprised that there are cheaper alternatives to Apple's accessories?
  18. barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    Perhaps this is part of Apple's strategy to make an even thinner iPhone in the future. They can make an iPhone 7 at half the current thickness of the 6s but giving it a battery that lasts 2 hours without an Apple external battery pack.

    This is ridiculous. Fix the internal battery and make the iPhone a little thicker if necessary but don't use these crappy workarounds.
  19. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    Ugly yes...but I will be getting one. It's the only Battery Case that I know of that has a lightning connector. Ill be able to use my SpeakerDock next to my bed without taking my case off.
  20. bdkennedy1 Suspended

    Oct 24, 2002
  21. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    I think it looks decent, and I like the simplicity. I think many of you are overthinking this one.

    I like what Apple is doing here. Provide a thin, light phone for the 90% of us that don't have any issues with battery life and a battery case for those that need more. Much better than saddling us all with a thick phone.

    For me, I haven't run out of battery on my phone since I upgraded to a 6+.
  22. The Doctor11, Dec 8, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2015

    The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    This is definitely Apple admitting the battery life isn't good enough. That's fine but honestly the case looks as basic as it could possibly be, a standard silicone case with a battery glued to the back.
  23. gorkt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2007
    This is appalling design. I honestly thought this was a joke when I saw it.
  24. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I think the Verge summed it up well with the title on their video:
    Apple’s new $99 iPhone battery case is a design embarrassment

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