Apple Watch Series 2 teardown by iFixit reveals 273mAh battery inside, multiple gaskets


Apart from two new iPhones, we shouldn't forget that Apple also unveiled the second generation of its "most personal" device yet, the Apple Watch Series 2. Although it looks largely the same on the outside, it's quite different on the inside. First of all, it's packing a new dual-core chipset, which is reportedly 50% faster than the one found on the first gen device; the same applies to the GPU of the wearable. It also packs a brighter display, now has a GPS in store, and finally and probably most importantly, the Apple Watch Series 2 is waterproof.

''Whoa, reading about specs and features is so exciting, much fun,'' said no one ever. Ditto.

Luckily for all of us who find specs sheets such a massive yawn, iFixit is here to help with a timely teardown of the wearable, giving us a sneak peek of its well-guarded insides. Some of the more interesting pieces of hardware we get to see are the 273mAh battery, which is held in place with enough adhesive to hold an iPad screen in place, as well as that intriguing loudspeaker that has the ability to drive excess water outside from itself and the body of the wearable, an essential for waterproofing the device. Naturally, the multiple gaskets inside are also to 'blame' for the waterproofness.

Save for the tons od adhesive holding the battery in place, iFixit's teardown instilled in us the impression that the second-gen Apple Watch is easy to fix if such a necessity arises, perish the thought. No repairability score was given, but we are certain the wearable would have scored high. Check the teardown right below.

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source: iFixit

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9 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

273MmAh is kinda tiny, considering the competition offers over 300mAh and several days of battery life, not a mere 18 hours.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7249; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I thought Apple said it was over 340 mha battery in the new Apple watch. Well, now we know. However Apple never gave us a battery life with the GPS turned on as well. Other sites have stated with GPS turned on, that you will only have a few hours with the Apple watch.

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

My google search is not returning anything broseph. Can you help a brother out and point me to where/when Apple said that? Will wait here and keep on pressing F5.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It was a PA claim I believe.

6. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

This thing is a 38mm watch. It's kind of high capacity, considering they have crammed in GPS and all those gaskets.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Tell that to the "sheep" that GreenMan claims doesn't exists. The battery size isn't even the issue. What I look at is the fact the Apple Watch has such limited capabilities. I just don't understand how it doesn't last 2 days on a single charge. Now in fairness, on my Gear S2; if I turn on the display to stay on, it wont last all day. But the Apple Watch won't even last all day with the screen off. The Gear S2 batter isn't that much bigger, yet I get 2 days on a single charge (work days).

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Gear S3 has a 400mah battery, and LTE. c'mon Apple.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

yeah, but in fairness its almost 40% larger in size too. Yet even with LTE, it still last up to 4 days on a single charge. BEAST MODE! You know what this means too? It means the Gear S3 can be 100% standalone and the only reason to sync it to the phone is for data and moving music. Byt the lastets Gear S2 update, does allow for "some" apps to be installed without using the phone. I haven't tried it yet, but with LTE, iit will offer this period. MST/NFC as well. Dude I can't wait. I paid for both my Gear S2 on my T-Mobile so I can get the Gear S3's for me an the wife. I can't wait.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I have the original and Ive gotten way better battery life with app refresh turned off

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