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iPhone XS range could get its own official Smart Battery Case

Apple could be bringing back its own-branded Smart Battery Cases for the 2018 iPhone models, judging by a recent operating system beta release.

The case, which was last available for the iPhone 7 back in 2016, could return for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models, according to an icon spied within the watchOS 5.1.2 beta 2 (via 9to5Mac).

An image of a new icon, showing a case similar to the one available for the iPhone 6, 6S and 7 is included, only this time there’s no chin and the camera module shows a vertical alignment, just like the newer iPhones. There’s still a little nub to reflect the lightning connector, suggesting the means of replenishing the device will be the same as previously. You can see the icon below.

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These icons have previously yielded solid information, including handing us a clue the new iPad Pro would arrive minus the Home button, so although nothing is confirmed there’s a good chance we’ll see Apple bring back the Smart Battery Case sooner rather than later.

The previous case, which featured a protruding cell on the rear, provided an additional 1,877mAh in charge, which was just about enough to replenish the device fully. It costs $99/£99 and is still available from the Apple Store. The only third-party option available on the official store is from Mophie and is designed for the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus.

Currently there few recommendable battery case options available for the iPhone XS and XS Max, which were revealed to the public in September 2018. So, a return would likely be welcomed by power-hungry iPhone users who, despite improvements in battery capacity, find themselves running on fumes by dinner time.

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