The team at iFixit has done another teardown, this time checking out Apple’s AirTag tracker.Part of the two-part review will delve into the guts of the little tracker, and for those who regret not having a bunch of carefree stuff. The keys on the AirTag iFixit (carefully) drill holes into one without damaging any parts.
After reconnaissance inside our first AirTag, we grabbed the 1/16 “drill bit and carefully drilled a hole through the second of our four pack trackers – after the battery was removed, of course. We were able to magically avoid all chipboards and antennas by just drilling through plastic and glue. The best part? AirTag survived surgery like a champ and worked as if nothing had happened.
The team warns that the battery must be removed prior to puncture, and warns that drilling in the wrong place can cause serious damage. So try this at home only if you have piercing skills.
iFixit compares the AirTags Air to Tile Mate and Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. The AirTags are the smallest of the bunch, with a CR2032-type 3-volt coin-cell detachable battery, as well as the SmartTags used using almost all of the internal space. It opens with the power of fingers without any other tools, ”according to iFixit, but they found the AirTag to be the hardest to remove.
The three tags’ X-rays showed that Apple was effectively utilizing the interior space without the “relative darkness” of the AirTag. [in the X-ray image] It’s because of the magnet, the strong center speaker, and the steel battery cover, iFixit tweeted the 360 video:
Check out Apple’s full iFixit version of AirTags here, and soon they’ll have a detailed shockboard and a look at the onboard silicon, likely in the second part.