Yesterday, the internet noticed that Apple low-key dropped a battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6S called the Smart Battery Case ($99), which is now available for purchase on the Apple website in two colors: white and charcoal gray.
For a long time, companies like Mophie have created charging cases for the iPhone as a backup if your phone runs out of juice - which, in the case of the iPhone, happens pretty frequently.
The Apple iPhone 6 and 6S Smart Battery Case is supposed to provide 25 hours of talk time, 20 hours of video playing and 18 hours of web browsing over LTE. In a review, The Verge said that the case lasted through the better part of a weekend.
However, Apple's new case doesn't provide as much extra battery life as similar products on the market - in fact, it can't even charge your phone fully from 0 to 100 percent. According to The Verge, "from a pure performance and even a design perspective, Apple's effort is not the best you can get."
The flexible case has a design that looks like you stuffed a few credit cards in the back. The Verge also complained that only the Apple's EarBuds fit comfortably in the case's headphone jack - other styles might require an extender. Um, no thanks.
There are some benefits: The case hooks up to a Lightning cable (the cord that charges your phone), so if you already carry that around, you can use it to charge your case as well. Also, when you swipe down on your home screen, you can easily check your phone's and case's battery life. However, unlike with most charger cases, the indicator light that tells you if your case is charged or depleted is inside the case, out of sight.
From a value standpoint, save your cash. There are other cases that can keep your phone charged for less money! You're welcome.