iPhone XS-Like Smart Battery Case Icon Spotted in Action on iOS 12.1.2

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An icon depicting what appears to be a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS has been spotted in action on an iPhone running iOS 12.1.2, providing yet another clue that Apple may be planning to release such an accessory.


    The discovery was made by a Reddit user named Tom, who decided to significantly trim down Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 7 to fit his iPhone X. Not only did the case function, but it also revealed the iPhone X-esque Smart Battery Case icon with a slimmer design and a vertical camera cutout.

    Apple discontinued the iPhone X in September, so the icon likely applies to the iPhone XS, which sports the same physical design.

    We don't recommend trying this

    The icon appears to be the same one discovered in watchOS code by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, although this time in action on an iPhone. The new case appears to have a Lightning connector, but no "chin" extending below the iPhone.

    Rambo also 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 supposedly hinted at a 2018 release, which did not happen.

    Images of possible iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Cases were also uncovered in a Fall 2018 merchandising guide for Apple resellers.


    Apple has never released a Smart Battery Case for a plus-sized iPhone, however, and the larger iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max already deliver longer battery life, so it's possible the new case could be for the iPhone XS only if released.

    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 to purchase for $99 in the United States.

    By now, there has been plenty of evidence to suggest that Apple has at least considered releasing a Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS. Whether the plan comes to fruition remains to be seen -- a release could certainly be soon.

    Article Link: iPhone XS-Like Smart Battery Case Icon Spotted in Action on iOS 12.1.2
  2. nycgeo macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2005
    How can it have no chin? Can someone explain this to me? Isn't the double lightning connector stack taller than zero?
  3. Kanyay Suspended


    Dec 14, 2018
    Mar-a-Lago, Russia
    my humps. my humps my humps my humps. oh wait thats black eyed peas song not mine. wow tho that hump make me think of Kim no cap. :eek:
  4. jjudson macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2017
    North Carolina

    Lemme get this straight.

    Apple makes the iPhones super thin, removing battery capacity...

    ...and then wants you to buy a case to get your battery capacity back.

  5. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    A useful product, but hell who approved that original design...
  6. Spidder macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2012
    This will bring Apple back on track. Add a couple of watchbands and dongles and Apple will be a trillion dollar company again.
  7. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    No worries, Apple, I had a welt like that once, my doctor wrote me a prescription, and it cleared up within days. I'm sure the same could work here.

    White iPhone Battery Case Lump Welt.gif
  8. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
  9. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    And they wonder why people aren't buying the $1K+ iPhones...
  10. Jssmith83 macrumors newbie


    Sep 11, 2016
    Sounds a lot like Apple actually. Maybe if they had released the battery case, they wouldn't be having stock market depressions
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    I'm just impressed that someone actually thought and had the courage to cut up an older battery case to try this. I wouldn't have been able to bring myself to try it.
  11. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
  12. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    Pretty crazy that this happened, what with a butchered case leading to likely evidence of an unreleased product. Did anyone at Apple think this might happen?
  13. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    You wouldn't really need these notifications if your phones battery didn't suck.
  14. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    My Samsung S8 Active has a 4000 mah battery in it and its marginally thinner than the SE it replaced. Lasts me about 2 1/2 days on average. I don't understand why Apple can't solve the camera bulge issue by thickening the overall chassis allowing for a bigger battery.
  15. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    One thing that nobody has been mentioning regarding this case is that it likely indicates that the 2019 iPhone XS will look the same as the 2018 XS. This means that there won’t be any major design changes. I doubt that they would release the case fitting the X and XS shortly before unveiling a very different 2019 iPhone X.
  16. alpi123 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2014
    There are already cases for the Xs with no chin.
  17. pete2106 Suspended


    Dec 7, 2012
    Don't forget, it also adds the extra bulk back to the phone.
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    Honestly, Who's using their phone so much that a full charge isn't lasting the day? Some people need to take a look at their lives.
  18. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    People who travel
  19. timber macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    If iOS 12 recognises an years old product as the new battery case that speaks a lot about the kind of innovation that went into that product.

    They probably innovated a box to fix a X/Xs and a new 150 USD price.
  20. sza Suspended

    Dec 21, 2010
    Put a large battery in such a small compact closure is quite risky. We don’t want to carry a bomb around.
  21. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    What battery capacity did they remove???
  22. JWiLL1988 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2017
    I run my business off of my phone and iPad. My battery does not last a whole 12 hour day. Not even close, even after having it replaced
  23. konqerror macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2013
    So people complain when they release non-modular non-upgradable computers, but when they release a module that lets you upgrade your phone, people complain?
  24. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I would suggest the opposite. Older phones are more likely to need/want a battery case since new phones have new batteries. Owners of new phones may want more battery too but the market would be more likely in the area of extending phone life by adding a battery case. I would replace the internal battery first but most people don't think about that.
  25. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    This is a $10 case with a 900% markup. Apple can sell this iPhone XS case for the next nine months.

    It provides no indication about the 2019 iPhone.

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