Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS shows up with updated design

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS shows up with updated design
Despite the controversy that Apple’s Smart Battery Case caused when it was released back in 2015, an icon found within the second beta of WatchOS 5.1.2 suggested that Apple was working on a new version for its most recent devices. And now, a render obtained by 9To5Mac appears to confirm this.

Although this case won’t be winning any design awards, it’s certainly a big improvement over the previous version. Gone is the odd-looking battery island and in its place is a new bulge that occupies three-quarters of the rear and extends to the bottom and sides.

This particular version appears to be designed for the iPhone XS. But according to the information, Apple has three different models in the works: A2070, A2071 and A2171. This would suggest that, in addition to the iPhone XS, new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max will eventually be released too. 

At the moment, the battery capacity of this new case remains unclear. But if the rear bulge is anything to go by, the included cell will likely be quite a bit bigger than the one seen on the current case.

Considering the original Smart Battery Case was released in December 2015, there’s still a chance Apple could release its new version this month. However, it would probably make more sense for the brand to launch the accessory alongside the new AirPods and AirPower charging mat in Q1 2019.

Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)



1. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014


2. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

No longer looks like a tumor, now it's like a back hump.

3. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

yet Apple will jack up the price from $149 to $169 because greed and inflation...... want one for the xs max? $199 please

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4383; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Oof still embarrassingly bad design but at least it won't rock now that the home button is gone....

5. phoneguynh

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

I wonder if it will support wireless charging?

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