Tim Cook Says the ‘Hump’ Makes Apple’s Smart Case Easier to Put on

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said there's a good reason the company's new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case has a hump on the back. In comments made to Mashable, Mr. Cook said the design with a battery that doesn't go edge-to-edge makes it easier to put the case on (and take it off) your iPhone.

iPhone 6s Smart Case

iPhone 6s Smart Case

"As you probably know from being a user of this now, one of the real insights here is, have you ever used other cases and tried to get them on? If you make this solid all the way across, in order to get it on, you'd find it very difficult to get it on and off. So the guys had this great insight to put the bend in along with making it a smart case."

He also said, "You know, I probably wouldn't call it 'the hump.'" But I will. It's a hump.

At the same time, he's right. Stiff cases are harder to put on and take off, and battery cases tend to be stiff. Apple's humped case should make it far easier to remove, a rare case where Apple is putting function over form.

What do you think?

Lance Ulaloff has some photographs of Tim Cook discussing the issue with him at Mashable.

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Lee Dronick

  He also said, “You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump.’” But I will. It’s a hump.

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leeeoooooo

I like that they went out of their way to make sure the edges weren’t made much thicker by this battery case. As with the case I have now, my iPhone still feels like an iPhone.

Makes it easier to hold than one of those conventional triple-thick battery cases.

Lee Dronick

Leeeoooooo, That is what I was thinking, that the hump would help with the grip.

We will have wait and see about its battery life.

Now, the other day I made a snark about Apple not making the iPhones so thin. Such battery cases might not be necessary if they shank the electronics, but increased the battery.

Lee Dronick

Regarding the Humpback of Infinite Loop, see today’s Joy of Tech comic

http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/2227.html

John C. Welch

“Apple’s humped case should make it far easier to remove, a rare case where Apple is putting function over form.”

But it’s not. That’s how proper design should work. Part of the *function* of a battery case includes:

1) How easy is it for people who may have a wide range of physical mobility to put on and take off. If you can’t do that easily, then you lose functionality.

2) How well does it interoperate with other accessories? One of the reasons I don’t get otterbox cases is because then you have to get otterbox-compatible versions of every other accessory, because Otterbox cases radically change the size of the phone.

3) How easy/nice is it to hold? That’s kind of important with a phone accessory.

The implication is that somehow the physical battery bit is the only function that matters, and that’s silly. Heck, one reason why I don’t recommend Mophie cases is that so many of them are a pain in the keister to use with any other accessory, and they’re a pain to get on and off.

BurmaYank

Lee Dronick said: ”... that the hump would help with the grip.

YES!!!  That was exactly what I was hoping/praying-to-the-mothership for when I first saw this announcement; I was immediately imagining that the hump might at last allow my humongous & hopelessly cumbersome iPhone 6 to at last be capable of being used one-handed by anyone with my very normal-sized hands (thumbtip-to-pinkietip span: 7.3” - surely, at or above the US national average). 

If so, the then next question (for which I am still bating my breath) is, “Will an iPhone 6s case also work on my iPhone 6?”

Lee Dronick

If so, the then next question (for which I am still bating my breath) is, “Will an iPhone 6s case also work on my iPhone 6?”

Hmmm, well the battery case is a bit flexible and the dimensions are:

  iPhone 6 - 5.44 x 2.64 inches wide x 0.27
iPhone 6S -5.44 x 2.64 inches wide x 0.28

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