iFixit tears down the Apple Watch, finds tightly-packed internals

By Scorpus ยท 5 replies
Apr 24, 2015
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  1. Today is that day that the Apple Watch begins arriving at the doorsteps of those lucky enough to have pre-ordered a first-round unit. iFixit has already received a 38mm Sport model with a blue Sports Band, and as usual, they've decided to give the smartwatch the full teardown treatment.

    To access the innards of the Apple Watch, iFixit first removed the display, revealing a small 205 mAh battery that occupies around half of the internal space. Above the battery is Apple's Taptic Engine, which is a linear actuator that provides haptic feedback paired with a subtle speaker.

    Behind the Taptic Engine and the battery is where the Apple S1 processor can be found, housing basically all of the chips required for the smartwatch's operation including the CPU, GPU, RAM, NAND and wireless radios. iFixit notes that the S1 is actually pretty difficult to remove, and it's unlikely that this will be an upgradeable part as was originally rumored.

    Underneath the S1 is a range of sensors, and around the edges are connectors for the clever digital crown, and the side button. Many of the components are well integrated and sealed, as the Apple Watch is IPX7 water resistant, allowing submersion in 1 meter of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

    Several of the Apple Watch's components appear to be quite difficult to access and replace, especially in the 38mm model that iFixit tore down. The 42mm model is expected to have a slightly larger battery, but an internal layout that's largely the same. If you need to replace something from inside the smartwatch, it might be best to leave it to Apple.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Why did they rip the guts out of such a lowly model? I would've loved to have seen them rip apart that $20000 job, smelt it down then send it to the assay office to see what it's really worth. The internals can't be worth more than a few bucks. :D
    P.S. I think you can "watch" the tear down on YouTube if I'm not mistaken.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2015
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  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,108   +1,286

    I'd wager the internals cost somewhere around what a Raspberry Pi does. It's really no surprise that the markup is so large, this is apple after all. Only this time they are late to the market.
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    Who is gonna spend 20k for a teardown?
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Dunno, no one probably but it is nice to see Apple products being trashed.
  6. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 283   +98

    Typical Crapple, they can take a hike. I find the whole "smart watch" thing to be silly anyway. I haven't worn a watch in years. Crapple of course makes fixing their crap products impossible. They want you to go out and buy a new, price inflated trinket after all. I bet it didn't cost squat to make this thing either.

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