AirTag teardown helps you open it up; reveals a special speaker
The wait is over thanks to the folks from iFixit, who took apart not only Apple's AirTag but also Samsung's Smart Tag, as well as Tile's Mate tracker - some may say "the original tracker". The investigation led to a few takeaways, as well as more questions.
First of all, Samsung and Tile's gadgets are considerably bigger than the AirTag. This leaves them with some room for a dedicated keyring hole, and although the AirTag lacks one, it has managed to fit similar or better tech in a much smaller body.
Here's the drill : No keyring hole - no problem
If you'd like to take the risk, make sure you've removed the battery. Otherwise, the AirTag doesn't seem to have any chips, boards, or other tech parts sitting at the end of its plastic portion, so you should be safe. iFixit managed to get a perfectly functional AirTag with a dedicated keyring hole, which can save you enough money to get lunch and dinner, or even buy another AirTag!
Some people have been even more resourceful. A user under the name of anup.chavda, who commented on this MacRumors article about AirTags teardown, has managed to 3D print his own AirTag holders. He claims it costed less than 10 cents, and it took him 10 minutes to do it - of course, if you happen to have a 3D printer at home.
Then you're welcomed by the user-replaceable battery. The folks from Cupertino and Korea have decided to go with the same CR2032 battery, said to last around 300 days for the Smart Tag and about a year on the AirTag. Tile uses a smaller CR1632 battery, so don't be surprised if you need to change it a bit earlier.
No MagSafe. 'Yes' MagSpeaker.
The AirTag doesn't feature a traditional piezoelectric speaker, but little in this tracker is traditional. Upon opening AIrTag, you're welcomed by a very circular set of components. We don't know if it's intentional, but the inside kind of resembles Apple Park and the "spaceship" slapped in the middle of it (Apple's headquarters).
Although, as found recently by MaxTech, Samsung and Tile's speakers are louder, Apple's sound is more directional. Of course, its practical uses remain to be tested, but early impressions are good and suggest that despite not being as loud as the competition, the sound coming from the AirTag is noticeable even from a distance.
iFixit promises to go more in-depth with the second part of the teardown, where they show detailed board shots, chip rundown, and further details about the three trackers.