iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Cases Spotted in Apple's Fall 2018 Merchandising Guide

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Photos of Apple's rumored Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been uncovered in a product merchandising guide for Apple Premium Resellers that was obtained by the blog Appleosophy.


    The guidelines instruct Apple Premium Resellers how to organize Apple's various leather and silicone cases for the iPhone 7 through iPhone XS Max in their stores. While the photos are low resolution, two of the cases clearly have a battery pack hump and a cutout for the vertically-aligned rear camera on the latest iPhones.

    The new Smart Battery Cases are listed as "leather" products, but this is likely a mistake, as they appear to be silicone in the photos like Apple's previous Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.


    The guidelines are dated "Fall 2018," suggesting that Apple planned to release the new Smart Battery Cases within the past few months. The season officially ends this Friday, December 21, so there's still some time. Of course, Apple may also delay the cases until 2019 or never end up releasing them.

    9to5Mac, which confirmed the merchandising guide is legitimate, earlier discovered assets related to Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR within iOS and watchOS code. The assets suggest the cases might no longer have a "chin" extending past the bottom of the iPhone.

    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 remain available for purchase for $99 in the United States.

    At this point, ample evidence of Smart Battery Cases for the latest iPhones has surfaced, so all eyes are on Apple's online store.

    Article Link: iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Cases Spotted in Apple's Fall 2018 Merchandising Guide
  2. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    I'd really like one.. here's hoping it would fit my X.
  3. izyreal macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2012
    Hallelujah! I can't wait! I will buy this day one!
  4. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
  5. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Hopefully not silicon, either. More likely silicone.
  6. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    Why not silicon? They have plenty of old iPhone parts to recycle :D
  7. AngerDanger, Dec 18, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    To be honest, a weird flexible iPhone case made out of gelatinous outdated iPhone processors would be badass.

  8. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    I'd buy that. Actually, couple that with recycled battery tech and Apple has a nice little feather to put in their PR hat.
  9. hardwickj macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2009
    I actually hope they are leather as I've gone through 3 of the silicone ones. The silicone gradually starts to shred at the corners, and then completely comes undone.

    Thankfully all 3 of those times Apple has replaced them free of charge since it was within a year of the last, but it's still annoying. Trying to stuff an extra thick phone into your pocket with a rubbery/grippy flap hanging off the edge gets old fast.
  10. GCHASE1995 macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2015
  11. jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    This is clearly an error, since the real Smart Battery Cases for earlier models don't even show up in that document.
  12. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I don't really need a battery case for my Max but if it did come in leather I might think about it. I like the leather cases once the new wears off and it gets some grip.
  13. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Leather? These prices should be comical.

    Go for it Phil, you greedy b********.
  14. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Hopefully they will release this with AirPower and the updated AirPods early next year, but I kind of wonder if they’ll end up having a small event in early Spring for this, the iPad and iMacs.
  15. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Have an event that just introduces these cases, the AirPower mat, and the Qi AirPods. Have it hosted by Tim Allen in-character.
  16. alpi123 macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2014
    These images are not official. They are the same renders as the one used a few days ago.
  17. LastStarfighter macrumors newbie


    May 29, 2009
    Northamptonshire, UK
    Personally I travel for business and I've found having the smart battery case on my iPhone 7 is extremely handy. I've not even considered upgrading to an X or above without them making a battery case for it. Not having to charge your phone on a trans-atlantic flight is really plesant.

    When these come out it opens up a few options! I was hoping they'll release one for the XR though. With it's reportedly better battery life than the XS, plus a battery case it would be something I'd consider worth having.

    To me, battery life is the number one feature for any mobile tech. I know not everyone sees it that way but I always have.
  18. jonnyb098 macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2010
    Really baffles me how Apple is so obnoxiously behind on random accessories.

    1. Air Power
    2. New Airpods charging case
    3. iPhone XR cases
    4. Battery Case (today's story)
    5. Only 3 colors for iPad Pro cover
    6. Seasonal watch band colors that they NEVER have enough of after a few weeks.

    They sure as hell have enough stupid dongles to sell though.
  19. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2014
    1. True
    2. Never announced was it?
    3. They were late but there were times that Apple didn't make cases so meh
    4. Never announced was it?
    5. Other options exist
    6. Can't comment on that
  20. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    How can you be behind something they never promised on most of those? AirPod case yes, AirPod yes but the rest they never announced or promised
  21. joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    Smart Battery Case aka The Hump 2 design by Tim Cook other than colorful bands I do believe especially The Hump that Tim Cook is finally had his hands and involved in designing this product.
  22. richxps macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    Any specific time accessories are added to the online store or just random ?
  23. Smoothie macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    A battery case for my XS Max would be last on my list of accessories. This phone never comes close to running out of battery.
  24. MadeByApple macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2015
    Hope it’s release today. I’ll be refreshing the apple store page at 9am PST.
  25. richxps macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008

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