Since the dawn of the iPad, Apple has remained resolute that the iPad is meant to be enjoyed sans-stylus. So when the iPad Pro debuted with a $99 must-have accessory in the form of a stylus, we were obviously intrigued. What makes the Apple Pencil so special? From what we've heard, it's got some nifty features, but we're more interested in what's going on inside that shiny white cylinder.
● Apple was nice enough to include a spare tip, as well as a Lightning-to-Lightning adapter (a last minute addition) to save users from having to precariously charge their Pencils directly from their iPads.
● Popping the cap off reveals a brand new, never-before-seen model number: A1603.
● Tiny 3.82 V, 0.329 Wh lithium-ion battery holds just 5% of the charge of an iPhone 6s
● What is this—a logic board for ants? Not quite, but weighing in at a whopping 1.0 gram it's definitely the smallest we've ever seen.
Apple Pencil Repairability: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair):
● The pen nib and cap can be replaced if worn out (or lost).
● The pencil is clearly not meant to be opened or repaired; you can't get inside without destroying the device.
● The layers of plastic and metal holding interior components are impossible to remove without shredding.
● The battery, enough for a 12 hour run, is impossible to replace, giving the device a limited lifespan.
Take a look at a few teardown photos below or hit the link for more...