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Apple Pencil teardown reveals a miniscule logic board

20 November 2015 0

iFixit's teardown of the Apple Pencil, reveals that the Bluetooth stylus accessory for the iPad Pro packs in the smallest logic board folded in half that the company has ever seen.

The solutions provider found that the Pencil's logic board weighs in at just 1 gram, and is power packed with features like an ARM-based CPU, Bluetooth Smart radio, and more. However, the firm notes that if something goes wrong the pencil will be impossible to repair.

The Apple Pencil is 175 mm tall and 8.9 mm deep and comes with a built-in Lightning connector for charging, once charged the battery offers twelve hours of battery life. The Apple Pencil has a built-in 3.82 V, 0.329 Wh lithium-ion rechargeable battery which holds “just five percent of the charge of an iPhone 6s battery.” In comparison the Microsoft’s Surface Pen uses a user-replaceable AAAA battery. The pencil takes about fifteen minutes to recharge fully and also comes with a 15-second quick charge feature that provides about 30 minutes worth of runtime.

The tear down reveals that the Apple Pencils components are packed so densely that it is virtually irreparable once opened. iFixit gave the accessory a score of one out of ten, with ten being the easiest to repair and one the lowest.

The pen nip and cap of the Apple Pencil can be easily repaired, however it's difficult to repair the Apple pencil from inside. “The layers of plastic and metal holding interior components are impossible to remove without shredding,” notes iFixit. So it's virtually impossible to fix its battery, iFixit says, “When the Pencil’s 0.329 Wh battery dies for the last time, so does the Pencil.”

Apple which usually gives battery replacement services for the Macbooks and other iOS devices has yet to announce the service for the Apple Pencil.


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