Apple Puts a Dedicated Camera Button the Latest iPhone 11 Battery Case

Apple is launching new versions of its Smart Battery Case this week. The company’s newest Smart Battery Cases are made for the new iPhone 11 line, and cost a whopping $129. You can buy one for the iPhone 11 here, iPhone 11 Pro here, and iPhone 11 Pro Max here —  they all cost the same regardless of which iPhone you have.

The new cases still have the same, ugly bump at the back of the case. It does, however, come with wireless charging support and lets you charge both your iPhone and battery case simultaneously. When fully charged, Apple says the case can offer up to 50% longer battery life, meaning it can refill your iPhone battery by around 50%.

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But that’s not important, what is important, however, is the inclusion of a new dedicated camera button. For the first time ever, Apple is putting a dedicated camera button on iPhones, albeit through an accessory. The company is obviously really proud of the camera upgrades on the iPhone 11, so it’s putting a dedicated button to let users launch the Camera app instantly on the iPhone 11 devices.

The case also takes advantage of iPhone 11’s new QuickTake video feature, so pressing and holding the button will capture a QuickTake video on your phone. Dedicated camera buttons on phones are obviously nothing new, Microsoft’s Lumia phones have had them integrated on the phone itself for years, and we even had phones with dedicated camera buttons before that. But for Apple fans, who probably have $130 to spend on a charging case, it is a big deal.

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  • gyaniraja

    21 November, 2019 - 5:10 am

    <p><a href="" target="_blank">Very Weel Apple</a> Puts a Dedicated Camera Button the Latest iPhone 11 Its<em><span class="ql-cursor"></span></em></p><h1><br></h1>

  • dontbeevil

    21 November, 2019 - 5:42 am

    <p>and once again wp in 2010 was ahead of everyone, I miss wp</p>

  • Daekar

    21 November, 2019 - 8:54 am

    <p>My God, they still make those butt-ugly cases? *sigh*</p>

    • Jeremy Turnley

      21 November, 2019 - 2:00 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490880">In reply to Daekar:</a></em></blockquote><p>At least it's not covered is holes this time.</p>

  • MikeGalos

    21 November, 2019 - 9:41 am

    <p>Well, it's a start. The Lumia 1020 battery case put the extra battery bump in a the grip that made the ergonomics like an actual camera, added a standard tripod socket AND had a dedicated shutter button that was full sized with full movement rather than a thin strip. Of course we can't expect Apple to do that last one since that would give their phone better movement and ergonomics than their laptop keyboards.</p><p><br></p><p>For that matter, the camera also had real shutter blades and a xenon strobe so you could take pictures in low light without blur both with and without the flash and could shoot RAW images so you didn't have to rely on the vendor's idea of what JPEG processing they wanted your pictures to have. </p><p><br></p><p>Of course that was six and a half years ago.</p><p><br></p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      21 November, 2019 - 11:44 am

      <blockquote><a href="#490893"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a><em> </em>What? are you saying Apple didn't invent the shutter button? ;)</blockquote><p><br></p>

      • rupertholmes

        21 November, 2019 - 3:38 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#490955"><em>In reply to SvenJ:</em></a><em> Or Live Photo’s.</em></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • MikeGalos

        21 November, 2019 - 9:40 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#490955">In reply to SvenJ:</a></em></blockquote><p>Nor recognize what it takes to design a good one.</p>

  • mrlee

    21 November, 2019 - 10:53 am

    <p>The headline makes no sense with a missing a preposition. Should read </p><h1 class="ql-indent-1"><strong>Apple Puts a Dedicated Camera Button on the Latest iPhone 11 Battery Case</strong></h1><p><br></p>

    • darrellprichard

      Premium Member
      21 November, 2019 - 1:24 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490937">In reply to mrlee:</a></em></blockquote><p>Mehedi fired in 3…2…1…</p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    21 November, 2019 - 11:06 am

    <p>Having finally gone over to an iPhone from Windows Phone earlier this year, the one thing I miss most is the camera button. Being able to pull out the phone and take a picture with one hand was hugely useful. I am surprised that other manufacturers have not added it.</p>

    • Jeremy Turnley

      21 November, 2019 - 1:58 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490940">In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>Most Android phones let you map a button to snap a pic while the app is running (usually the volume up button). It's not as nice as a true dedicated button, but it's better than the on screen option for quick shots.</p>

      • Daishi

        Premium Member
        21 November, 2019 - 6:48 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#491017">In reply to illrigger:</a></em></blockquote><p>So just like the default behaviour in iOS</p>

    • bluvg

      21 November, 2019 - 11:39 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#490940">In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>Don't forget the half-press to focus! 🙂 Miss my old Nokia….</p>

  • Winner

    21 November, 2019 - 1:28 pm

    <p>Does iOS not have anything already like Android where you can press the power button twice in rapid succession to launch the camera app?</p>

    • Daishi

      Premium Member
      21 November, 2019 - 6:49 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#491006">In reply to Winner:</a></em></blockquote><p>Well you can just swipe left from the lock screen, does that count?</p>

      • Winner

        22 November, 2019 - 2:44 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#491110">In reply to Daishi:</a></em></blockquote><p>No, because one is a button and one isn't and the article is about buttons.</p>

    • cayo

      22 November, 2019 - 3:00 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#491006">In reply to Winner:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>No, you have to press the power button three times in rapid succession. Pressing it twice activates the wallet.</p>

  • davidlbangs

    Premium Member
    21 November, 2019 - 6:08 pm

    <p>I wonder if these cases will fall apart in six months like the Iphone 7/8 case did. Since I take care of multiple phones, I bought about a dozen of these , and the rubber began to peal and tear on every single one of them. If Apple hasn’t changed the material, this product is a non-starter for me. </p>


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