Repair experts at iFixit have torn off the Apple Watch Series 6 to see what’s under the hood. Their demolition analysis confirms that the new portable device from Apple is equipped with a stronger battery and has a larger Taptic Engine, among other findings.
The breakdown of a 44mm GPS + LTE Apple Watch Series 6 model reveals these things:
- The device opens to the side
- The battery on the 44mm model is 1.17 Wh, an increase of 3.5 percent compared to series 5
- The battery on the 40mm model is 1,024 Wh, an increase of 8.5 percent
- Apple U1 chip is included
- Case modifications + no more Force Touch gasket = slightly slimmer series 6 profile
At first glance, the three-point-caught Taptic Engine looks like an old hat – but it turns out to be bigger than the one in 5. Maybe the slim series 4-shaker was not interested in sniffing? It is also made with 100 percent recycled rare earth metals and tungsten this time, which is fantastic.
More battery and more Taptic Engine – Apple did not mention any of these in the announcement, but it seems that they have quietly pulled out all the stops this year. Slowly but surely, Apple Watches seem to be reducing capacity after the big drop from Series 3 to Series 4.
iFixit gave the new Apple Watch Series 6 a repairability score of six out of ten, the same score they gave to the previous Apple Watch Series 5 model.
Oddly enough, this is the first Apple Watch model without pressure sensors built into the screen that used to drive the Force Touch function. As with iPhones, Apple now relies on a Haptic Touch feature, using a combination of custom vibration and the push-hold motion to simulate “clicks”.
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For those unfamiliar with it, Taptic Engine is an Apple-designed haptic feedback mechanism that provides tactile sensations in the form of specific vibration patterns. Taptic Engine drives vibrations on some iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac laptop models.