Apple's iPhone 11/Pro Smart Battery Cases are official with a dedicated camera button

Apple's iPhone 11/Pro Smart Battery Cases are official with a dedicated camera button
After a leak last month revealed Apple was working on new Smart Battery Cases, today the Cupertino-based company has announced three new versions of its accessory that are compatible with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max respectively.

The newest version of Apple’s controversial case looks a lot like last year’s iPhone XS and iPhone XR equivalents, although this time around the company has implemented one important change. Specifically, the 2019 Smart Battery Case features a dedicated shutter button along the right side. 

A quick press of the newly added key opens the Camera app, regardless of whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. When using the camera, a short press takes a photo and a long press is used for filming video. As an added bonus, the button also works for selfies. 

The new Smart Battery Case supports Qi wireless charging which means users can charge the phone and case simultaneously without any cables. As for how Apple rates each case, these are the official numbers. 

  • Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11: Up to 50% longer battery life, equivalent to an extra 8.5 hours of video playback, 5 hours of streamed video playback, and 32.5 hours of talk time.
  • Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 Pro: Up to 50% longer battery life, equivalent to an extra 9 hours of video playback, 5.5 hours of streamed video playback, and 32.5 hours of talk time.
  • Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 Pro Max: Up to 50% longer battery life, equivalent to an extra 10 hours of video playback, 6 hours of streamed video playback, and 40 hours of talk time.

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series Smart Battery Cases are available to purchase starting today at $129. Shipments will start arriving as early as tomorrow.

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13 Comments

1. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I can not imagine someone who would use up/need about that 25 or so Wh of power in total on a Pro Max. That is an iPad sized battery on a phone.

2. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Another great surprise from Apple. 2019 is the year that Apple is finally doing things right!

3. matistight

Posts: 1023; Member since: May 13, 2009

Most android phones have dedicated power buttons, it's called double tapping the power button lol

9. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yeah that doesn't count!

4. BrickWall

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 29, 2019

Still ugly.

5. KingSam

Posts: 1504; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I prefer a spigen case and a powerbank in my bag.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Horribly ugly cases.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1660; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm surprised they haven't changed it at all over the years

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right. They sure need to.

7. Mrmark

Posts: 412; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Genius!

8. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Apple is nailing everything

10. shiv179

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

FUGLY and overpriced

11. JCASS889

Posts: 606; Member since: May 18, 2018

$130?!? For essentially a $4 battery wow Apple really seems to be pushing prices up for things that have no business being over $100.

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