Apple Watch Series 7 in iFixit demolition processing

Despite the added IP rating for dust resistance, there are no clear changes in the structure of the watch for dust resistance.

Apple’s recent Watch Series 7 smartwatch collection has ended up being demolished by iFixit. Compared to the Series 6, the system circuit of the clocks, for example, has remained unchanged, but changes have also taken place.

At its launch, Apple advertised the Watch Series 7 to be the manufacturer’s first dust-proof watch, also worthy of IP rating, but in practice this was not reflected in the demolition process as a clear difference from previous models. In fact, this is probably just an additional certificate that Apple has ended up applying for for its watch only this year.

As a first change after opening the watch, it can be seen that the new watches lack the diagnostic interface found on older models. Instead of a physical connection, Apple is likely to use a high-frequency wireless connection in the novelty. The removal of the connection is not explicitly given in the demolition article, but iFixit estimates that it could be a simplification of the structure to strengthen the water and dust resistance of the watch.

Another significant difference has occurred in a monitor that, unlike the previous model, is attached to the circuit board with only one cable. The number of cables has been reduced due to the change in the display technology itself, as the Apple Watch Series 7 uses a touch-integrated OLED panel, ie touch detection is integrated into the panel itself. Indeed, the new panel was probably the reason why Apple Watches were a little behind schedule and their sales had not yet started right after the launch event.

In addition to these, the size of the batteries has also increased, with the smaller watch using a 6.8 percent larger battery than its predecessor and a larger 1.6 percent larger battery, although Apple does not promise any changes in battery life. As a visual change, the grille of the clock’s speaker grille has become different, but in iFixit’s estimation, this is only perhaps a simplification of the structure.

The iFixit gives a 6/10 rating for repairability. The watches are praised for their modular design and straightforward access to the display and battery. The bracelet attachment solution, which has remained the same since the original Watch, is also mentioned as a positive note. However, the disadvantage of the watch is given, among other things, the glue attachment of the display.

Source: iFixit

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