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Apple Briefly Mentioned AirPower Support for Smart Battery Case, Seen to Work With iPhone X


The Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR were launched by Apple earlier this week, and these have been found to support wireless charging through the AirPower Wireless Charging Mat. The Cupertino giant hasn’t revealed any concrete details regarding the availability of the AirPower charging accessory. But the Apple Store page for their new Smart Battery Case briefly mentioned the words “AirPower Wireless Charging Mat.” This clearly indicates that very soon, Apple’s official wireless charging solution will be out. On a separate note, the battery capacity of the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case has emerged out. It was also found out that the Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS can be used with the iPhone X.

Some users on Twitter and Reddit spotted the description of Smart Battery Case on the Apple Store site that mentioned the compatibility of the phones with the AirPower mat for a short time. Reports said that the listing read- “The Smart Battery Case is compatible with AirPower Wireless Charging Mat and other Qi-certified chargers.”

Apple fixed the description very soon after it was noticed by a few users. But MacRumors reported that the listing for the new Smart Battery Case in Malaysia had continued to mention the AirPower support for several hours. 

AirPower was initially meant to make its debut in 2018; Apple failed to fulfill its promises regarding the original timeline. The multi-device wireless charging device has been designed to charge not just the compatible iPhone models but the Apple Watch and AirPods as well.

In October last year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the AirPower charging mat would be made available sometime in the first half of 2019. But Apple hasn’t officially announced a particular launch date or schedule for the same. Recently, a report claimed that the AirPower charging mat had entered the production phase. It looks like the marketing team at Apple had been expecting the launch of the AirPower mat way before the arrival of the Smart Battery Case. This might have been the reason behind inaccurate mentioning of the Smart Battery Case for a short while.

In the news related to the same, Nick Guy of The Wirecutter revealed the capacity of the Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS. On Thursday, Guy tweeted that the case houseD a battery pack rated at 10.1Wh, which was more than the 7.13Wh battery that is already available on the Smart Battery Case that has been designed for the iPhone 6 (priced at Rs 21,094) and iPhone 6s (priced at Rs 27,540) in the past.

No formal announcement regarding the capacity of the battery of the Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XRApple has been formally announced yet. But users can expect anywhere between 47 to 75 percent longer Internet browsing times in comparison to what they get without the case, and this depends on the device as well.

As iOS developer Benjamin Mayo noted that the increase of 75 percent is only for the iPhone XS, whereas on the iPhone XS Max, users will be able to see 54 percent increase in their Internet browsing times, and 47 percent increase on the iPhone XR.

The latest Smart Battery Case has been officially designed for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, but not for the iPhone. Rene Ritchie of iMore noticed that users who owned the iPhone X could also use these Smart Battery Case which was meant for the iPhone XS. This means the dimensions of both iPhone models are identical.

The battery status of the case can be seen from the iPhone lock screen or via the Notification Centre. Users might have to  reboot their devices to discard the incompatibility warning which reads- “This device does not support this accessory.” Ritchie said that the case worked with an iPhone X that was running on iOS 12.1.3 (beta version).

But on Thursday, Ritchie highlighted in his tweet that the speaker grills hadn’t been aligned on the iPhone X. This might be the reason why Apple’s support page made the new Smart Battery Case incompatible with the iPhone X.

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Ricardo Graces

Ricardo Graces

Senior Journalist Ricardo Graces has worked in all areas on the online gambling industry for more than a decade. Ricardo started answering phones and worked his way through the various operations channels before switching to media relations and then finally publishing.

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