Inside the Apple Watch

Got an Apple Watch winging its way to you? While you're waiting for it to be delivered, here's a look at what makes Apple's newest product tick.


The first batch of Apple Watches have begun falling into the hands of new owners. One of those proud new owners is repair specialists iFixit, who did what most new owners won't do - take the Apple Watch to pieces.

So, what's inside Apple's newest product? Well, as you'd expect for a watch, it's pretty densely packed in there. Behind the display - which requires an iOpener, knife, and picks to remove - is the battery, the digital crown, and the taptic vibration feedback engine.


The battery pack is a 3.8 V, 0.78 Wh lithium-ion battery unit, which has a third less capacity than the battery inside the Moto 360.

Getting this far isn't too difficult, but if you want to get further things get a lot harder thanks to thick adhesive and delicate ribbon cables. The difficulty in taking out the hardware essentially dashes any hopes that you'd be able to take your old case and put new hardware into it (not that I ever considered this to be anything more than wishful thinking on the part of certain segments of the tech press).


As far as the overall repairability goes, iFixit gave the Apple Watch a 5 out of 10, which in today's world of disposable electronics isn't too bad. Along with the display and the battery, even the straps are replaceable -- something which cannot be said of all smartwatches. However, anything beyond the display and the battery is pretty much non-repairable thanks to the adhesive and fragile ribbon cables.

Now, keep in mind that this is not something that's recommended by Apple, and if you do this with your Apple Watch, well, you now own an Apple Watch jigsaw, and don't expect a Genius at the Genius Bar to help you reassemble it.

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