Apple launches Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s at $99; extends …

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple’s ‘Smart Battery Case’ gets bumped around by reviewers.

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The iPhone Smart Battery Case is a slip-on case, available today, which costs $99 and promises “up to 25 hours of talk time” and “18 hours of LTE internet activity.” Aside from that, it doesn’t offer many other details on specs. It may seem weird that Apple would release a new type of product unannounced, and it may also seem weird that the company chose to enter the competitive market of battery cases. Unlike most third-party battery cases, Apple’s solution for having a battery boosting case involves soft silicon edges and a big hump right in the middle of the phone.

Apple’s case contains a 1,877 mAH battery, while Mophie’s Juice Pack Air— also available for $99 — has a 2,750 mAH battery, which will give a much bigger boost in energy. Because it is designed by Apple, the $99 accessory also supports iPhone’s signature Lightning connection cables and displays battery status on the iPhone lock screen. Full offer terms and conditions apply – see for full details. * Value calculated as at 24/11/15.Offer includes a free Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8” Tablet Model SM-T350NZAAXSA (WiFi Only).Please be aware introductory offers must be purchased before 18 December 2015 for delivery before Christmas Day. First off, it uses the lightning connector to simultaneously charge both the case and the phone; other brands use a microUSB to charge the case separately.

There are no indicator lights that show the case’s battery, and no on/off switch that will initiate charge, instead the case acts like it’s part of your battery. We will supply your contact details to JB Hi-Fi, who will deliver this tablet only to your registered subscription address and will email you with dispatch details. And as The Wall Street Journal points out, similar third-party cases tend to have higher battery capacity at lower cost, with ancillary options like turning the case on and off.

Writers at industry blogs like 9to5 Mac and CNET pointed out that if Apple just settled for a thicker phone with a bigger battery — like the 6S Plus — maybe users wouldn’t feel deprived of juice in the first place. Of course, there’s also been chatter of fancier batteries in Apple’s future, with prior reports of innovations like rechargeable hydrogen fuel cells for phones.

For good reason: A third of adults see “improved battery life” as the smartphone feature they are most excited about, the leading answer in a Fortune magazine survey of 1,000 people taken online in January. Offers are available to new customers with an Australian residential address who have not held a digital subscription with The Australian in the 6 months preceding subscribing for this offer. The case also manages to walk the middle ground between the slipperiness of a naked iPhone 6s, and those high-friction cheap silicone cases that are hard to pull out of tight pockets. Apple was so focused on making their new iPhones as sleek as possible that it seems comical that their battery case has a strange-looking growth on its backside.

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