How to disassemble Apple Watch  

Максим Исаев
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Technological progress brings new and incredibly convenient smart devices to our world. But, like all other electronic devices, they have properties to break and require repair. Teachers of bga center prepared interesting and informative material. In this article we will introduce you to the contents of the device and the maintainability of certain components of the watch.

APPLE WATCH
APPLE WATCH

Before disassembling the Apple Watch, you need to prepare the following tool:

  • Tool knife
  • Plastic pick
  • Tweezers
  • Flat plastic spatula
  • Screwdriver Set

Preparation for disassembly

Подготовка к разборке
Подготовка к разборке

First, you need to remove the watchband.

A button on the watch releases a miniature silver spring that is part of the strap and holds it in place. By pressing the button, the strap can be extended sideways.

Нажмите на кнопку
Нажмите на кнопку
Сдвиньте ремешок
Сдвиньте ремешок

Inside the slot under the strap you can see a kind of door. The model number is engraved nearby.

Номер модели
Номер модели

Now we know exactly what model of watch we are dealing with.

Remove the display

For ease of disassembly, put the strap back on the Apple Watch and use a dryer or separator. Heat the display for safe separation from the housing.

Отделение дисплея от корпуса
Отделение дисплея от корпуса

Well, then you can already use the pick.

Отделение дисплея от корпуса медиатром
Отделение дисплея от корпуса медиатором

We very carefully raise the display, since you can damage the cable leading to the display and the screen sensor. We use tweezers for this.

Приподнимаем дисплей пинцетом
Приподнимаем дисплей пинцетом

Flex cables are located inside the elastic bracket.

, How to disassemble Apple Watch  
, How to disassemble Apple Watch  

This is how it should end up:

Результат
Результат

Disassembling the battery

Battery of Apple Watch characteristics:

  • 3,8 В,
  • 205 мА*ч.
АКБ Apple Watch
АКБ Apple Watch

A small effort with a plastic spatula is enough to handle the small amount of glue that holds the battery. Just pick it up from a comfortable edge.

, How to disassemble Apple Watch  

Disassembling the contents of the case: flex cable, Taptic Engine drive and speaker.

Содержимое корпуса
Содержимое корпуса

In the photo you can clearly see the screw with a three-beam slot. A three-beam screwdriver is used to unscrew this screw.

Use a three-point screwdriver
Use a three-point screwdriver

Since, compared to iPhones, the Apple Watch has a very small space inside the watch, we take out a tightly folded flex cable leading to the microphone and sandwiched between the layers of the case, as shown in the photo.

Шлейф зажат между слоями корпуса
Шлейф зажат между слоями корпуса
Remove the ribbon cable
Remove the ribbon cable

Now you can remove the Taptic Engine linear drive mechanism attached to the end of the speaker.

Механизм линейного привода Taptic Engine
Механизм линейного привода Taptic Engine

As a result, the vibromotor mechanism is separated

, How to disassemble Apple Watch  

and speaker

Динамик
Динамик

It is equipped with a gasket to protect against moisture.

Disassembling the contents of the case: antenna, button, Digital Crown wheel

Tucked into special grooves, two antennas are installed in the housing.

Две антенны
Две антенны

To remove the button, use tweezers.

Демонтаж кнопки
Демонтаж кнопки
Демонтаж кнопки
Демонтаж кнопки

Unscrew the cover of the diagnostic port.

, How to disassemble Apple Watch  
, How to disassemble Apple Watch  

Unscrew the cover of the diagnostic port.

The Digital Crown wheel bracket is the last thing that prevents you from removing the S1 module.

Wheel bracket Digital Crown
Wheel bracket Digital Crown

Remove the S1 module

Several flex cables are connected to the S1 module. Be careful – there is a big risk of damage to the cables.

Flex cable with components  
Flex cable with components  

Display components

Touchscreen controller Analog Devices AD7166 based on ARM Cortex M3 is located on the back side of the display.

Flex cable with components  
Flex cable with components  

The display has a light sensor.

Flex cable with components  
Flex cable with components  

Housing Components

Digital Crown is a wheel built into the Apple Watch.

Purpose of Digital Crown:

  • slider control
  • scrolling maps and photos,
  • change fonts and sounds,
  • Call Siri Voice Assistant
  • Return to the Home screen
  • and etc.

It is equipped with a system of angle sensors that read the position of the wheel.

, How to disassemble Apple Watch  

A button, a group of contacts for diagnostics and a wheel – all these components are located on one cable.

Flex cable with components  
Flex cable with components  

Pulse monitor and lenses are located at the bottom of the watch case.

, How to disassemble Apple Watch  

An annular magnet for attachment to an inductive charger is located at the bottom.

Ring magnet  
Ring magnet  

Conclusion

After studying this article, you will receive detailed knowledge on how to disassemble the Apple Watch. We study modular repair of telephones, tablets and other gadgets on the Phone Repair Training at Bgacenter.

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