The Apple Watch from Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has arrived. To know the relative ease of repairing the smart watch, ifixit performed a teardown of it. It scored 5 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.
The Apple Watch comes with a pressure sensitive, flexible touchscreen AMOLED retina display with 8GB of on board storage. It comes along with various sensors such as accelerometer, heart rate monitor and gyroscope as well. An onboard microphone and speaker was also found. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC).
The best innovation in this product is the MagSafe inductive charging feature. This technology allows it to be completely independent from charging cables, and could magnetically attach itself to the charger for the purpose of charging it. Apple says that this is a “completely sealed system free of exposed contacts”.
Removing the display during teardown wasn’t easy by the ifixit engineers. However, just after removing the display panel, the Taptic Engine and the Digital Crown, two of the highly advertised features of Apple Watch were found.
Also, the 3.8V, 0.78 Wh lithium ion battery was found, which is the power source for the Apple Watch 38 mm version. The 205 mAh battery is claimed by Apple to be capable of providing 18 hours of use and 72 hours of Power Reserve mode. The 18 hours include 6.5 hours of audio playback and 3 hours of talktime as well. Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live comes with a 300 mAh battery. The Apple Watch OS should help the battery to support the device in a better way.
The Taptic Engine is supposed to create a motion in a straight line to provide haptic feedback. It’s supposed to be Apple’s version of linear actuator. It was found to be attached to the hip of speaker. Perhaps this was done to amalgamate the subtle audio cues from the speaker driver to deliver unique motion.