When Apple announced the Watch Series 6 the other day, the business understandably spent plenty of talking up the wearable’s new sensor for measuring blood oxygen levels. Nonetheless it turns out the most recent Apple Watch includes a handful of smaller enhancements hidden underneath its new sensor.
When it sat right down to disassemble the wearable, iFixit found both 44mm and 40mm Series 6 models have bigger batteries than their Series 5 counterparts. The 44mm variant includes a 3.5 percent higher capacity battery than its Series 5 equivalent, as the 40mm model comes with an 8.5 percent larger power cell. The larger energy stores don’t may actually affect battery life an excessive amount of since Apple still claims 18 hours usage about the same charge, enjoy it did with the Series 5 just.
Another component that’s bigger in the Series 6 may be the Taptic Engine. This right time around, it’s also created from completely recycled rare earth metals and tungsten. In late 2019, Apple said it could start manufacturing the iPhone’s Taptic Engine from recycled components. Year later one, it’s doing exactly the same with the Apple Watch.
The teardown highlights removing Force Touch also. The feature was known by us was coming out when Apple released the watchOS 7 beta in June, but iFixit’s teardown confirms the component that enabled the gesture is not any longer within the Apple Watch Series 6. From the repairability standpoint, iFixit notes removing Force Touch makes things easier.
“We’re pleased to visit a fragile, damage-prone part retired, but sad to start to see the final nail in the coffin for Apple’s nifty pressure-sensitive display technology,” the business said. “We’re torn, but we’ll call this a win.”
The final result of most those tweaks is that the Series 6 is slightly thinner compared to the Series 5. It measures in at 10.4mm thick when compared to Series 5’s 10.74mm. For that blood oxygen sensor Apple talked so much about, iFixit wasn’t actually in a position to go on it apart. “Fused display at the top, fused sensor array on underneath. We’re not gonna find not broken pieces if we bust this apart.”