Apple’s seventh-gen Watch has managed to take care of its iFixit repairability score on a par with the final mannequin – not like its smartphone sibling.
The iFixit staff discovered the marginally bigger show of the most recent Apple Watch a boon for removing by way of warmth and a suction deal with. The place the earlier technology required a pair of flex folds in its show, the brand new model turned out to be easier, with simply the one flex.
Issues are additionally barely totally different inside the watch itself. Apple’s diagnostic port has gone and the battery is bigger. That equates to a slight enhance in energy (1.094Wh from 1.024Wh between 40mm S6 and 41mm S7) which, when paired with the marginally hungrier show, means battery life is just about unchanged.
Apart from some tweaks to the speaker modules, the staff famous that adjustments have been “small, however impactful.” Pulling issues aside was merely much less effort, with the Taptic Engine being launched with out recourse to fiddly brackets and, maybe most significantly, elements being swappable.
The latter is in marked distinction to the most recent iPhone Professional.
The staff have been in a position to change screens and Taptic Engine modules between Sequence 7 watches with little drama and all options nonetheless working. A battery lifted from a Sequence 6 additionally labored within the newest mannequin.
“Not precisely really helpful,” the staff noticed, “however good to know it really works in a pinch!”
All of it meant that whereas the repairability rating of the iPhone Professional dropped to a 5 out of 10 this iteration, the Apple Watch has clung to its 6. Marks have been added for the modular development and ease of entry however deducted for the actual fact the display screen would have to be deglued and reglued for each restore.
Bonus factors for the straps nonetheless being swappable, proper again to the unique. ®