iPhone XS, XS Max Smart Battery Cases Have a Lower Battery Capacity Than Previous Cases [Update: Not!]

Yesterday, Apple made sure the rumor mill wasn’t a liar and launched three new Smart Battery Cases.

We got new cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and the iPhone XR, each of which offer up plenty of extra battery life just in case the built-in option runs dry. At the time, Apple touted the impressive numbers for additional talk time and other aspects, but the company didn’t actually go out of its way to mention how big the battery inside the case is. Now that information has been revealed, at least in part.

The Wirecutter got their hands on a brand new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, with details being shared by Nick Guy on Twitter on Wednesday. First and foremost, Apple apparently decided that a smaller battery capacity was okay this year, offering up a 1,369mAh battery in the newest Smart Battery Case. That compares to the 1877mAh and 2365mAh batteries included in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Cases, respectively.

For those who want to know how much these case weigh, well, Guy comes in with the info, saying that the iPhone XS’s Smart Battery Cases weighs 3.46 ounces, while the iPhone XS Max’s Smart Battery Case weighs 3.81 ounces. Just below, you can see how the new Smart Battery Cases compare to the older models:

The new Smart Battery Case for each of the new iPhone models cost $129.99, and they are all available to buy from Apple’s online store right now. Deliveries and in-store pickup should be available for Friday, January 18.

Whether or not the lower capacity battery will actually matter will come down to personal opinion. Apple did give a bullet point list of the benefits of each case, and it goes like this:

iPhone XS

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

iPhone XS Max

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

Do you plan on picking up a Smart Battery Case for your new iPhone if you haven’t already?

Update: The Smart Battery case for the 2018 iPhones output at a higher voltage (8.7v) so their equivalent capacity is almost 2700mAH at 3.7V.

[via @thenickguy]