#apple’s new Smart Battery cases work great, but they aren’t for everybody


We cleaned the cases before this shoot. The grease is impossible to beat.

The best thing about the iPhone XR is not its design, processor, camera, or even its fun colors. The best thing is the XR’s battery life, which lets me use the phone all day without ever having to worry about charging it. Many days, I go to bed with 50 percent left in the tank.

So it came as a bit of a surprise to see Apple announce a new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XR a few weeks ago. The Smart Battery Case, which is also available for the iPhone XS and XS Max, sells for $129, comes in black or white, and is designed to dramatically extend the time you have before you have to plug your phone into a wall charger. Apple says the iPhone XR version of the case extends talk time to 39 hours (from 25), internet use to 22 hours (from…

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