The iPhone Smart Battery Case, which will charge the iPhone from its own built-in battery storehouse. This year, the case will deliver 26 percent more charge than last year's version, according to MacRumors.and go on sale tomorrow, and alongside it, this year's
The phone accessory industry is big business -- a $24.35 billion industry according to website Statistic Brain. With cases making up 36 percent of that market, you're looking at roughly $8.7 billion at stake for case-makers fighting for the chance to protect or recharge your phone.
Unlike third-party charging cases by Mophie, Otterbox and Anker, Apple's own case uses the same Lighting cable as the phone rather than a separate Micro-USB cable. Because the iPhone 7 doesn't fit into cases made for the 6 or 6S, 2015's for the iPhone 6S won't fit.
Looking just like last year's model, the new Apple Smart Battery Case also retails for $99, £99 and AU$165, comes in black and white, and interacts with the Lock screen and Notification Center. It also still bears a resemblance to a certain citizen of Notre Dame. However, the biggest alleged change is the most important: more battery.
The iPhone 6S version offered an 1,877 mAh battery (which Apple touted as 18 additional hours of internet use via LTE), while the new iPhone 7 charging case includes a 2,365 mAh battery (or 22 hours of internet), according to MacRumors. This is about a 26 percent increase. Even on its own, Apple estimates that the iPhone 7 will last 2 hours longer than the iPhone 6S.
We don't know yet if the iPhone 7 Plus will get its own Smart Battery Case from Apple. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.