Apple introduces $129 wireless charging battery cases for the latest iPhones

By Shaheryar Ehsan on
January 16, 2019
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Apple is focusing on new accessories for the latest iPhones in a bid to increase the hype and somehow recover from the lesser sales of their flagships. Out of the blue, Apple has introduced battery cases which support wireless charging priced at $129 for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Apple also introduced the same cases for the previous models too but this time it has introduced the accessories rather quietly.

Taking a general look at the specifications, first up we have the iPhone XS case:

  • Talk time up to 33 hours
  • Internet use up to 21 hours
  • Video playback up to 25 hours

For the iPhone XS Max case:

  • Talk time up to 37 hours
  • Internet use up to 20 hours
  • Video playback up to 25 hours

Finally for the iPhone XR:

  • Talk time up to 39 hours
  • Internet use up to 22 hours
  • Video playback up to 27 hours

The design of the case feature black and white silicon backs with Apple’s signature hump representing the Lithium ion battery. These cases will be compatible with Qi-certified chargers.

Even though the iPhone X and iPhone XS have nearly same dimensions, the latter’s case won’t be compatible on the former. Apple has specified how many milliAmps of power these cases provide in total. Apple’s testing procedure for determining the battery timing is as follows:

Talk time tests were conducted over a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network. Internet tests were conducted over LTE and Wi-Fi networks using a dedicated web server, browsing snapshot versions of 20 popular web pages and receiving mail once an hour. Video tests consisted of repeated playback of a 2-hour 23-minute movie purchased from the iTunes Store.

As usual, actual battery timings may vary.

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