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How the Shutter Button on the iPhone Smart Battery Box Works

X-rays reveal how the shutter button works on the iPhone Smart Battery Case

Last week, apple surprised the launch of the smart battery case lineup for iPhone 11, 11 professional and 11 professional max, as well as the case this year with an interesting new addition: the physical photo key. Because the iPhone doesn’t have a button for the camera’s shutter, the way the new button works is a bit mysterious. But now, with the help of an X-ray examination of a situation conducted by ifixit and creative electron, we have a better understanding of the mechanism.

If you take a closer look at the picture at the top of this article, you will find that two thin circuits run downward from the button to the battery, and then right to the circuit board, which is connected to the lightning port, which transfers data to and from the iPhone to the case. Presumably, when you press the button, these circuits tell the circuit board to tell iPhone to turn on the camera App so you can take photos. This is a more detailed observation:

close up
chlose up

Last week, apple surprised the launch of the smart battery case lineup for iPhone 11, 11 professional and 11 professional max, as well as the case this year with an interesting new addition: the physical photo key. Because the iPhone doesn’t have a button for the camera’s shutter, the way the new button works is a bit mysterious. But now, with the help of an X-ray examination of a situation conducted by ifixit and creative electron, we have a better understanding of the mechanism.

If you take a closer look at the picture at the top of this article, you will find that two thin circuits run downward from the button to the battery, and then right to the circuit board, which is connected to the lightning port, which transfers data to and from the iPhone to the case. Presumably, when you press the button, these circuits tell the circuit board to tell iPhone to turn on the camera App so you can take photos. This is a more detailed observation:

full case xray
full case xray
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