Apple Put a Dedicated Camera/Shutter Button on Its New iPhone Battery Case

Joanna Estrada
November 20, 2019

When Apple launched the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro in September, the company's typical Smart Battery Cases for the new phones were nowhere to be found. All different versions of the Smart Battery Case are available at the same price: $129. This button is exclusive to this case and when pressed, launches the iPhone's Camera app even if the iPhone is locked.

The additional functionality is an interesting addition to the Smart Battery Case, especially given the focus around the iPhone 11's new camera capabilities and features. Apple says a quick press of the button snaps a photo while a longer press will capture QuickTake video in which both still images and video are shot. It's compatible with Qi-certified chargers and works with USB-PD-compatible chargers to pump power into the battery at a faster rate. According to Apple, the cases are created to provide up to 50 percent longer battery life to each iPhone when fully charged for longer talk time, internet use, and audio and video playback.

This is the first time Apple has added a shortcut of sorts to the camera app. They also all come with a new feature not available with any other previous case: a dedicated button for launching the camera, which sits on the lower-right side of the case. The case adds a little bit of bulge to the back of your iPhone, and there's a cutout for the rear-facing camera - whether that's the two rear lenses on the iPhone 11 or the trio of cameras on the back of the Pro models.

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