The battery life of Apple’s iPhones is well documented. It is the only chink in the armour of the iPhone. Even with the new iPhone 6S, many weren’t impressed with the battery life. In the last few years, many third party companies like Mophie have thrived as they have released innovative cases for the iPhone. Now, Apple has itself entered the space and released a $99 battery case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. Apple calls it the smart battery case.
While this could be a death kneel for a number of third party accessory makers like Mophie, this is also admission on Apple’s part that the battery of the iPhone at least the smaller iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, isn’t ideal.
There’s no case for the larger iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6S Plus.
Apple claims that the case will deliver up to 18 hours of Internet usage on LTE, 20 hours of video playback and increase the talk time by 25 hours, which isn’t too shabby.
The impressive bit is that it can be charged with the standard lighting cable of the iPhone and you wouldn’t need to carry around lighting to microUSB adaptors like you have to from battery packs made by companies like Mophie and Belkin.
This case also slips on to the iPhone like any regular case and doesn’t need to be dismantled and re-assembled like other battery packs sold in the market.
The case has a microfibre lining on the inside and has a silicon exterior. When in use, the battery case shows an intelligent battery status on the lock screen and the notification shade.
With the iPhone 6S, Apple actually reduced the size of the battery from that of the iPhone 6. That said, with iOS 9, Apple introduced a new battery saver mode and overall the company claims the battery life to be similar to that of the older iPhone model.