Apple unexpectedly started selling Smart Battery Cases for all of its most recent iPhone models today. Previous versions of the case only supported smaller, non-Plus iPhones. And Apple has never shipped such a case for an X-class iPhone, or any iPhone with wireless charging capabilities.
“The Smart Battery Case gives you even longer battery life while offering great protection,” an Apple description notes. “Inside, a soft microfiber lining helps protect your iPhone. And on the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand. A soft elastomer hinge design makes it easy to put the case on and take it off.”
More important: The $129 cases are compatible with Qi-certified wireless chargers, just like the iPhones they protect. They can be charged more quickly with USB-PD compatible chargers, and they support all Lightning accessories.
The effects vary by iPhone. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS delivers up to 33 hours of talk time, Apple says, up to 21 hours of Internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback. The XS Max version lands at up to 37 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of Internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback. And the XR version provides up to 39 hours of talk time, up to 22 hours of Internet use, and up to 27 hours of video playback.
These are the first Smart Battery Case designs since the iPhone 7 and they are available in black or white versions.