iFixit's Apple Watch teardown is a marvelous tour of watchmaking in the 21st century

iFixit's Apple Watch teardown is a marvelous tour of watchmaking in the 21st century
As Australians were lucky to receive their Apple Watch pre-orders right on time, gadget repair crack team iFixIt travelled to the distant land to obtain an early Apple Watch Sport unit and do what they do best with it - take things apart and take pictures of them. The staggering result is up for everyone to see!

Among iFixIt's more interesting discoveries are a covered-up diagnostic port that appears to be present on all Watch units, not just in-store or prototype models. Funny enough, this means the Apple Watch has exactly as many ports as the new MacBook! Moving on, it seems even the cheapest Apple Watch Sport has a bit of gold in it, as an unidentified antenna wholly made of the material is present. The Taptic Engine module is attached to the tiny speaker present in the device. This allows the speaker to, in a way, modulate the taptic engine's movement and create unique patterns. Also, the battery capacity is confirmed as 205mAh for one of the sizes, presumably the 38mm one.

Tearing down the Apple Watch has proven a complex, difficult procedure, because just about everything in it is so tiny. It's rare to see an electronic device, especially one that's being mass-produced in China, resemble an intricate watch mechanism to such extent. The iFixIt wizards haven't gotten to the display and other parts of the watch yet, but their efforts are quite impressive. Unfortunately, repair mechanics are poised to have a hard time repairing the Apple Watch with everything packed in so neatly, but we reckon they'd be eager for the challenge, which involves tri-wing screws and a wholly encapsulated S1 processor module. Unlike the motherboard of the Moto 360, for example, where individual components created by different suppliers can be clearly identified, the S1 chipset is completely masked by a plastic, S1-emblazoned cover. This way, Apple can take more innovation credit for technology it didn't entirely create, but assembled in a very particular way, analysts speculate.

So, there you go - gawk at the beauty of the electronics below, and praise iFixIt for their wicked disassembly work.

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20 Comments

1. Tom1206

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

Not very clean inside this thing...

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Curious to see the internals of G watch Urbane and Huawei Watch as these two are gorgeous.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its the LG Urbane. The G watch was the first square LG G Watch. I am wondering if the 38mm watch has a 205 mha battery, then what size battery is in the 42mm watch? Because I know the display screens have different resolutions between the two sizes.

12. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Apple Watch: 5 out of 10 LG G Watch: 9 out of 10 Samsung Gear 2: 8 out of 10 Samsung Gear Live: 8 out of 10 Moto 360: 3 out of 10 Samsung Gear Fit: 6 out of 10 Fitbit Flex: 2 out of 10

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Gear S - 10 out of 10

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's expected since its so tight in terms of space

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Have you ever opened a Swiss made watch? Even the tiny ones which have very delicate piece look way more sophisticated than this. Trying coming out the basement sometimes and see what the world has to offer outside of Apple. Look at some -https://www.google.com/search?q=inside+swiss+watch&biw=1920&bih=979&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=rV06Vf3CJZLOgwSht4HQBw&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

2. Nathillien unregistered

LOL - right. Watchmaking.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dat 205 mAh battery For comparison 700 mAh - LG Watch Urbane LTE 410 mA - LG G Watch R 400 mA - LG G Watch 360 mAh - Asus ZenWatch 330 mAh - Moto 360 300 mAh - Samsung Gear S & Huawei Watch 205 mAh - 38mm Apple Watch 130 mAh - Pebble Now we know why it has ~18 hour battery life

14. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

But take that Zen watch for example and compare it's size to an 38mm Apple watch. And I don't know what's bad on having "205" Mah it's quite a lot considering that an iPhone has less than nine times that amout

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and the one who last longest is... Pebble... E ink is surely amazing when it come to power consumtion.. but IMO E ink is useless outside reader tablet :-/ (apple must assume their user always charge it every night, and never forget to do it :-/ )

20. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Funny how iPhoneArena forget the headline about the tiny battery instead they hype up the Apple Watch. Democracy? Freedom of speech? More like an Apple funded democracy...

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

"marvelous" "watchmaking".... Looks like a mini smartphone from inside. Someone is in love with Apple...

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You do know that they mention marvelous regarding the tour, not the the watch itself.

9. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

He didn't come here to read.

13. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Oh right thank you for the headsup, and oh the ahole under u, u really have some issues

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Did the iFixit guys posted the build price yet? You know, the costs that only cover parts and assembly and exclude manufacturing, distribution, advertising, packaging, research and development, royalties and licenses and so forth.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its all apple secret.. the only know the average market price for that component, and it still fair since they doing that to any other manufacturer..

10. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Looks crap for an Apple product, I'd rather have the mechanical one from 1890 thanx.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1890? that will be really expensive..

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