Apple’s iPhone 6s Battery Case: iOS Integration Is Nice, but Better Options Exist

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Just Released Its Own Official iPhone Battery Extender Case For $99.

Known for its ability to generate insane buzz, it’s not every day we see Apple quietly launch a brand new product out of the blue — but here we are.Apple has released a new battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s — which features a little bulge in the back so that phone can last for longer without a charge. According to Apple, the Smart Battery Case increases the 6s’ battery life up to 25 hours of talk time, 20 hours of HD video playback, or 18 hours of LTE web browsing.

Apple hopes that it can take on those other companies by integrating “smart” features into the case, which can be more tightly integrated with the phone since Apple makes both. On Tuesday, the company finally admitted that heavy iPhone 6 or 6s users like me could use more power—at least as much as you get with the bigger iPhone 6s Plus. While there’s no shortage of third-party battery cases out there already, Apple has something of home turf advantage here — namely, they can do whatever the heck they please with iOS to compliment their case in ways that no one else can match until/unless Apple opens up the APIs. A screen in that view shows how much charge is left in the phone and the case, when it is connected, as well as other things that are attached through Bluetooth like the Apple Watch or compatible headphones. A similar meter shows up in a battery widget in your notifications drop down (pictured above, right) It’s also the first time anyone’s built a case (or, at least, an Apple-certified case) with a fully featured Lightning port.

Most third party cases tap something like microUSB for when it comes time to charge the case itself — that means one more cable to carry around and, in most cases, it means taking the case off when you want to sync up over a wire. The extra battery is packed into a small bulge that sits on the back of the phone Technology journalist and developer Marco Arment, for instance, said that the look showed that “Apple really hates battery cases”. Battery technology has hit something of a wall in recent years — so at this point, Apple has got two options: stop making iPhones so damned slim, or keep at it and encourage people who need more battery life to strap on extender batteries. They’re probably not going to do the first one any time soon — and if they’re going for the second option, they might as well build the battery themselves.

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