If you thought Apple’s devices got bad repairability scores, you should see the end result of iFixit’s Pebble smartwatch teardown. Thanks to having some super-durable adhesive holding down the E-paper display, they could take the screen off without breaking. Any purchasers will be glad to know that this adhesive is what gives its water resistant qualities, so it’s really a good thing. To check out the full gallery of images, head on over to iFixit for the entire report.
Highlighted components (as noted by AppleInsider) include:
- E-paper display with three LED backlights
- Micron N25Q032A11ESE40F with 32 megabytes of serial flash
- STMicroelectronics STM32F205RE high-performance ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, with a maximum speed of 120 megahertz
- STMicroelectronics LIS3DH 3-axis accelerometer
- Panasonic pan1316 RF module
- Texas Instruments CC2560A Bluetooth Controller, which does not support Bluetooth Low Energy
- Fullriver battery rated at 3.7 volts and 130 mAh
It’s awesome to see how many components they managed to squeeze in to the tiny body of the watch. What more interesting to me – as always – is looking to the future to imagine what the Pebble will play host to in the second generation model. More Flash? Color screen? Who knows, but it’ll have to be something special if Apple’s iWatch ends up becoming reality soon.