The Apple Watch is one step closer to a super spy accessory with its Series 3 capable of making phone calls. What does a watch look like when Apple sticks a phone in it? Since teardowns are our calling we figure we'll dial right in!
● New model number: A1889
● Display now functions as a multifrequency (LTE?) antenna
● The Series 3 battery packs in 1.07 Whr (279 mAh at 3.82 V).
● It appears that the wireless charging coil has been slightly modified to support most Qi wireless chargers.
● Air vent hole next to the microphone is now populated by what looks like a barometric pressure sensor.
Repairability Score: 6 out of 10
● Watch band replacements remain fast and simple.
● Screen replacements are difficult but do-able—it's the first thing to come off, and detaches via simple ZIF connectors.
● Battery replacements are tricky but fairly straightforward once you're inside, provided you're armed with a Y000 screwdriver.
● While not proprietary, incredibly tiny tri-point screws are a repair hinderance.
● Replacing any of the component cables requires microsoldering.
● The mostly resin-encased S3 system makes most board-level repairs impossible.
Take a look at a few photos below or hit the link for the full teardown.