Of Course Tim Cook is Defending That F'ugly iPhone 6S Battery Case

By Gerald Lynch on at

That reality distortion field didn't go to the grave with Steve Jobs – in fact, if Tim Cook's latest comments regarding the official iPhone 6S battery case are anything to go by, it simply transfers host from one incumbent Apple boss to another.

Speaking to Mashable, Cook's been putting a brave face on the criticism directed towards the hump-backed power pack, highlighting the case's literal flexibility.

"One of the real insights here is, have you ever used other cases and tried to get them on?,” said Cook.

“If you make this solid all the way across,” said Cook, in reference to the case's fluoroelastomer material, “in order to get it on, you’d find it very difficult to get it on and off.”

It's not for everyone, Cook conceded, adding "if you’re charging your phone every day, you probably don’t need this at all. But if you’re out hiking and you go on overnight trips… it’s kind of nice to have [...] when you need it, you need it.”

What Cook doesn't address however is just how, well, ugly the thing is. Apple used to pride itself on its marriage of form and function in its designs – the MacBook's beautiful trackpad, the iPod's intuitive-for-its-day clickwheel. But it's been a comedy of errors recently, from the ill-placed charging port of the Magic Mouse 2 to the absurd way you charge the Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro. Whatever Cook says, it's hard not to feel like the new case is just another poorly conceived compromise. [Mashable]