After breaking up Apple’s new iPhone eight final week, widespread gadget restore website iFixit launched a teardown of the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Collection three on Monday.
Provided that the just-released wearable appears a fantastic deal like its predecessor—huge purple dot apart—it shouldn’t be shocking to listen to that it doesn’t have many main adjustments on the within. There’s a brand new suite of RF chips presumably in place to deal with LTE connectivity and a “barely modified” charging coil to help Qi wi-fi chargers. However for probably the most half, the Collection three is laid out equally to the Collection 2 earlier than it.
iFixit says that the Collection three does include a barely stronger battery, although: it has a 1.07Whr unit, a Four-percent improve over the 1.03Whr battery within the Collection 2. That’s a really modest acquire, although any further juice must be welcome with the added pressure that mobile connectivity places on a battery. For the reason that new Watch isn’t considerably thicker than the Collection 2, evidently Apple is banking on its chips being extra environment friendly to maintain the system’s battery life from being completely anemic.
Past that, iFixit notes that whereas the usage of a barometric altimeter is new on this yr’s Apple Watch, it’s not completely a primary for an Apple wearable. The location’s teardown of the Collection 2 revealed a barometer in that mannequin as properly, however it apparently wasn’t requested to do as a lot because it is right here.
Curiously, iFixit’s teardown doesn’t make point out of Apple’s new W2 wi-fi chip, nor does it completely make clear which element is the system’s LTE modem. Bloomberg beforehand reported that Intel could be Apple’s provider for that, however Apple itself hasn’t specified. The corporate didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
All instructed, iFixit provides the brand new Apple Watch a six out of 10 on its repairability scale, the identical rating it gave the iPhone eight. It says that, whereas display and battery replacements are a minimum of doable, most deeper fixes are too difficult for consolation. You possibly can take a full take a look at the Apple Watch Collection three’s insides right here.