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Apr 12, 2001

iFixit today shared an Apple Watch Ultra teardown post and video, providing a closer look at the watch's internal design and components.

While the Apple Watch Ultra has four exposed pentalobe screws on the back case for quick access to the inside of the watch, iFixit said the device remains challenging to repair. For example, after removing the back case, iFixit said a gasket contributing to the Apple Watch Ultra's water resistance was immediately broken. In addition, accessing parts like the battery and Taptic Engine requires the difficult task of removing the display.

In line with a previous report, the teardown confirms that the Apple Watch Ultra is equipped with a 542 mAh battery, which is 76% larger than the Apple Watch Series 8's 308 mAh battery also shown. The teardown also provides a closer look at the Ultra's significantly larger speaker, which reviews said results in louder phone calls.

Apple Watch Ultra launched on Friday. Priced at $799, the high-end watch features a rugged design with a 49mm titanium case, a flat display, outdoors-themed bands, water resistance up to a depth of 100 meters, a customizable bright orange "Action" button, up to 60 hours of battery life with an upcoming low power setting, and more.

Article Link: Apple Watch Ultra Teardown Reveals Larger Battery, Improved Water Resistance, and More
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macrumors regular
May 31, 2022
San Jose, CA
The battery is very good on Ultra. Before I would be down to 20-30% after a 75 min workout outside streaming music on cellular on AW7 and I started at 100%. Now on Ultra I have around 75% remaining starting at 100%. The watch is twice as heavy though lol.
I want a smartwatch that lasts much longer and has a heavy-duty shell and screen for abuse. Ultra fits the bill.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 2, 2011
Yup, I hear ya but it's all relative. For certain people an Ultra is a Casio.
I love my G-Shock watches. Still I refrained for years from getting this case as I also like the classic Apple Watch pebble look and my bands. And I respect my old G-Shocks.

Still… discount G-Shock/Apple Watch Ultra, anyone? (Spigen Rugged Armor)


macrumors regular
Jun 29, 2020
I wonder if they changed the Taptic Engine as well. My Ultra vibrates a bit louder than my S7 IMO..


macrumors regular
Nov 22, 2017
Sadly looks like this might be the worst watch yet re: battery replacement. $400/year, then to the landfill.
I think this is the wrong take. The larger battery means the watch will experience fewer charge cycles, and less time at those high and low states that lithium batteries don’t like. There is also the better battery management added in recent years.

There is a good chance the Ultra will still perform well in 4 years.


macrumors 68000
May 19, 2017
While the crown protector is a design abomination, it's clear that it helps make all this extra room inside the Watch. Function over form is the name of the game in this category, so why not?


macrumors member
Jan 20, 2022
This guy is clueless lol. Calls GPS on Apple Watches “abysmal”, doesn’t understand how the siren works, and worst of all damages the screen by prying it open with metal tool and not using suction cups, then blames it on the watch.


macrumors 603
May 14, 2012
Someone needs to do a field test with the siren and actually test exactly how many feet it can be heard, I bet it's a lot further than we think and possibly directional and it's sound is unique enough to be overheard from birds and other natural sounds.:rolleyes:
Although it does sounds like a killdeer bird that is common to North America, the rest of the world would not be familiar with that sound.


macrumors newbie
Oct 1, 2018
Does a 234 mAh larger battery and a 4mm larger screen than the AW8 45mm warrant a price increase of 370$ compared to 429 USD of AW8?
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macrumors 603
Aug 14, 2009
Function over form is the name of the game in this category, so why not?
I am of the opinion function should always take precedence over form. Great design is wonderful for display pieces not intended to be used; but an abomination in things people actually use.
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