So, you’ve just left home for the day with fully charged iPhone in your pocket. You send a few text messages, place a few phone calls, and, perhaps, check up on the latest of what’s going on in the world today. You arrive at work, handle the first few hours of the day like a boss, and then, to your absolute delight, lunchtime rolls around.
“Yay! Finally,” you rejoice, retrieving your iPhone from its resting place in your pocket. But as you’re browsing through the texts and emails that accumulated during the previous few hours time, BAM, the stark reality slaps you right across the face — you just notice that your precious, beloved iPhone only has 10-15% battery life remaining.
“But how?” you wonder, begrudgingly turning the device off and placing it back in your pocket, as the prospect of catching up on a few games of Words with Friends or Candy Crush Saga before the clock hits 1:00 fades into oblivion.
Well, friends, rest assured that you’re certainly not alone by any means here; at 1,715 mAh, there’s no question that the battery powering your iPhone 6 or 6s is on the smaller end of the spectrum. However, it’s with that sentiment in mind that Apple recently introduced the company’s first self-branded battery powered case.
Indeed, it’s true! Available right now in its online store, Apple’s iPhone “Smart Battery Case” is the company’s first-of-its-kind external battery housing for the iPhone 6 and 6s, designed to provide you with an impressive boost in battery life. The company is touting that, when using the case, users can add up to an additional 25 hours of talk time to their iPhone 6 or 6s, or, when browsing the web or watching videos over LTE, an additional 18 or 20 hours, respectively.
The only down side, unfortunately, is that Apple is only making its Smart Battery Case available for the smaller, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 6s, and not the larger 5.5-inch 6 and 6s Plus.
When first powered on, the Smart Battery Case displays a meter on the lock screen and in the notification center, informing you of just how much battery life the case has remaining.
Even despite the fact that several other, third-party battery extending cases already exist on the market today, Apple is apparently hedging its bets and making a bold statement that I think we all know too well: the iPhone’s battery life often leaves much to be desired.