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Apple AirTags go through teardown and a drilling machine test

The team did suggest only to drill the AirTags if you have some idea about it and remove the coin cell battery for sure.

AirTags. AirTags.
AirTags. (iFixit)

Apple AirTags, one of the most anticipated accessories by the firm, has gone through a teardown by iFixit. The Bluetooth tracker, which was supposedly ready ever since 2019, has been ripped apart, giving us a good look at how compact the components are placed since the massive central area is taken by the battery. What’s more is that iFixt took the teardown a step ahead by drilling a hole into it (without damaging it).

“After some reconnaissance inside our first AirTag, we grabbed a 1/16” drill bit and carefully punched a hole through the second tracker in our four-pack—after removing the battery, of course. We miraculously managed to avoid all chips, boards, and antennas, only drilling through plastic and glue. The best part? The AirTag survived the operation like a champ and works as if nothing happened,” stated iFixit on the website.

AirTags.
AirTags. (iFixit)

However, the team did suggest only to drill the AirTags if you have some idea about it and remove the coin cell battery for sure. Ifixit mentioned that the 3-volt coin cell removable battery— type CR2032 -- is the same that is used in Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. On comparing AirTags with SmartTag and Tile Mate, iFixit said that all three opened easily with finger power but opening AirTags was the most difficult of all. But in the X Ray it was shown that Apple made the most effort in utilising the space and made the most compact Bluetooth tracker.

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The firm is yet to give a complete breakdown though. AirTags are already available in India.via apple.com for 3,190 while a pack of four costs 10,900.

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