I was on vacation last week when Apple’s new first-party Smart Battery Case arrived on my doorstep, which was actually kind of nice—freed from the pressures of having to write something about it as soon as humanly possible, I could just use it for a few days and worry about writing everything down at a later date.
The ease with which you can “just use” the battery case is probably the best thing about it; you slide your phone into it and go about your business. But it’s not for everyone, and when I send it back to Apple I probably won’t end up buying one of my own.
This is the first battery case that Apple itself has made for any of its iPhones. It’s compatible with the iPhone 6 and 6S, but not with any larger or smaller iDevices (I plugged in a sixth-generation iPod Touch just to see what it did, and iOS recognized the case properly for a moment before telling me the accessory wasn’t supported). No version for the 6 Plus or 6S Plus exists, which is probably fine since those models already have better battery life than their smaller counterparts.