Apple Unveils Official Battery Life Enhancing Case for the iPhone 6s

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple reveals iPhone battery life fix … try not to laugh.

The company has released the Apple-made Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 and 6S, which promises to boost the total talk time for the latest iPhone to 25 hours, or give 18 hours browsing over 4G. The case, available in charcoal grey or white, has a large protruding battery stuck like a lump to the outside of a standard-looking silicone-skin case with a Lightning Connector in the bottom that plugs into the iPhone. It isn’t the first battery case available for an iPhone – companies such as Morphie have been making them for years – and it isn’t the highest capacity, despite costing £79, or $99 in the US.

Apple claims the iPhone 6s allows you to surf the Internet on LTE for “up to” 10 hours, a figure that could reach up to 18 hours with the external battery. The bulbous battery is neither slim nor streamlined with the rest of the phone, making third-party options look like slimline pieces of integrated high design. If you spend your days in an office with subdued designer lighting in hyper-connected Silicon Valley, where the nearest cell tower is no more than a few hundred meters away, you’re going to get something close to the maximum theoretical battery life as your screen dims and the phone whispers to the nearby network.

At least it solves the battery problem for some though, and as a bonus, it solves the sticking-out-camera-lens-lump problem – as the battery lump is larger. It used to be possible to keep a spare phone battery for situations like that, but one of Apple’s innovations with the first iPhone in 2007 was to make the battery non-removable, a feature it has replicated in every model since, and which other manufacturers have since adopted too. One justification given for using non-removable batteries is that without the need for a removable protective cover and clips to hold it in place, the phone can be made thinner—or the battery can be bigger for a given thickness of phone. Until now, Apple has chosen the former course (as have other manufacturers), making phones ever thinner, frustrating many who would like to be able to use their phones for longer and who would barely notice if their phones were a millimetre thicker.

Maybe it just wants a slice of the profit that the many other manufacturers of external battery cases are making—or maybe Apple is testing customer acceptance of a thicker, not thinner, new phone.

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