iPhone XS/XR Smart Battery Cases go official with Qi charging support
Much like the original case, this new one won’t be winning design awards any time soon. Nevertheless, they are certainly a big improvement over the previous version. Gone is the odd-looking island and in its place is a new bulge that extends to the bottom and sides and occupies three-quarters of the rear.
In addition to the new design, each Smart Battery Case also supports Qi wireless charging. This means that users can simultaneously charge both the case and their 2018 iPhone of choice to extend their battery life further. Speaking of which, this is how Apple rates each case:
- Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS: an extra 33 hours of talk time, 21 hours of internet use, and 25 hours of video playback.
- Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Max: an extra 37 hours of talk time, 20 hours of internet use, and 25 hours of video playback.
- Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR: an extra 39 hours of talk time, 22 hours of internet use, and 27 hours of video playback.
All three Smart Battery Cases are available to purchase starting today at $129. Shipments begin this Friday, January 18.