iFixit Apple Watch Teardown Suggests No Inner Chip Upgrades
At present is Apple Watch D-Day for a speedy few early adopters, with Cupertino lastly delivery the primary batch of its debut wearable to consumers. Meaning it’s additionally the day that serial repairers/tenacious teardowners iFixit get to crack open Apple’s newest sealed field and peer inside so we don’t need to.
Their teardown of a 38mm Apple Watch Sport and a 42mm Apple Watch metal are at present in progress — you possibly can comply with the painfully detailed dissection right here.
One nugget of intel they’ve managed to prise out of the again of the dinky wrist pc up to now is that Apple shouldn’t be making it straightforward to swap out the S1 processor chip that powers the watch.
Which will sound fairly apparent however there have been strategies Apple might supply an improve program for the Watch — providing processor upgrades as a method for the smartwatch to face the check of time vs much less sensible (however extra lengthy-lived) luxurious watches with which it competes for wrist actual-property.
Nevertheless iFixit’s findings recommend these rumors are extensive of the mark (albeit, this discovering relates particularly to the bottom priced Apple Watch Sport mannequin).
Attending to the Watch’s S1 processor took iFixit 20 steps. And required some “damaging process”, as they time period it — aka ripping out soldering. “Regardless of rumors (and hopes) of an upgradable product — the problem of eradicating the S1 alone casts critical doubt on the thought of merely swapping out the internals,” they observe.
The Apple Watch’s S1 chip can also be encased in what they describe as “a strong block of plasticky resin” — presumably to make curious teardowners like iFixit work more durable for element intel.
In distinction to its silence on the sealed away S1, Apple has beforehand confirmed to TechCrunch that the Apple Watch’s battery will be replaceable. And iFixit’s teardown bears that out — displaying it’s far easier (and non-damaging) to get to the battery to switch it.
After lifting and disconnecting the show to get to the center, they’re capable of flick the battery out — by step eleven of their teardown — liberating it from what they are saying is just “mild adhesive” securing it in place.
TechCrunch understands the lifecycle of the Apple Watch battery is pegged at round three years. But when there’s no avenue for swapping out and upgrading the internals on the similar time, customers might be pushed in the direction of a wholesale system improve with a view to get the subsequent-gen processor.