The workforce over at iFixit has completed its teardown factor once more, this time inspecting Apple’s AirTag trackers. Half considered one of its two-part overview digs into the heart of the little trackers, and for these lamenting the shortage of a key ring loop on the AirTag, iFixit (fastidiously) drilled a gap into one with out damaging any of its components.
After some reconnaissance inside our first AirTag, we grabbed a 1/16” drill bit and thoroughly punched a gap by the second tracker in our four-pack—after eradicating the battery, in fact. We miraculously managed to keep away from all chips, boards, and antennas, solely drilling by plastic and glue. One of the best half? The AirTag survived the operation like a champ and works as if nothing occurred.
The workforce cautioned that you must take away the battery earlier than drilling, and warned that drilling within the unsuitable place could cause severe harm. So do that at residence solely if in case you have ability with a drill.
iFixit in contrast its AirTags to the Tile Mate and the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. AirTags are the smallest of the bunch, with its 3-volt coin cell detachable battery— sort CR2032, similar because the one SmartTags use—taking on a lot of the inner house. “All three trackers open up with finger energy—no different instruments required,” in accordance with iFixit, however they discovered the AirTag’s was probably the most troublesome to take away.
An X-ray of the three tags reveals Apple made environment friendly use of its inner house, nothing that “the relative darkness of the AirTag [in the X-ray image] is because of a hefty central speaker magnet and its metal battery cowl. iFixit tweeted a 360-video of the X-ray picture:
Take a look at the complete iFixit tear down of Apple’s AirTags right here. And coming quickly, they’ll have detailed board pictures and a take a look at the onboard silicon, presumably partly two.