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Apple’s iPhone 7 battery case adds more power, still looks dumb

by Jacob Kleinman | September 15, 2016September 15, 2016 5:30 pm PDT

When Apple unveiled its battery case for the iPhone 6s, it quickly drew criticism for its uninspired design. Now the company is back with an even better Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 7, but unfortunately the design hasn’t really changed.

The $99 iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case packs a 2,365mAh power pack, according to customers who’ve already received the accessory. That’s up 26 percent from the 1,877mAh iPhone 6s case. It also features a slight redesign to cover the gap where the headphone jack used to go but sports the same ugly hump in back.

Apple still hasn’t confirmed the size of the battery inside the iPhone 7, but according to Chinese certification site TENAA, it’s been upgraded to 1,960mAh. The new charging case should be able to charge the device fully with an extra 17 percent capacity left over.

Cupertino isn’t offering a Smart Battery Case for its Plus-sized iPhones. If you pick up the iPhone 7 Plus and decide it still doesn’t offer enough battery life, you’ll have to pick up a third-party battery case instead.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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