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iFixit drilled a key ring hole for one of Apple’s AirTags in its latest teardown



The iFixit team completed the disassembly work again, this time checking Apple’s AirTag tracker. It is divided into two parts. The first part delves into the inherent characteristics of the small tracker. For those who regret AirTag’s lack of a key ring, iFixit (carefully) drilled a hole without damaging any of its components.

After conducting reconnaissance in our first AirTag, we grabbed a 1/16-inch drill bit and carefully punched a hole in the second tracker in our 4-piece package—removing of course battery. We miraculously managed to avoid all the chips, circuit boards and antennas, and only drilled plastic and glue. The best part? AirTag survived the operation like a champion and worked as if nothing happened.

The team warns you that you must remove the battery before drilling and warns that drilling in the wrong place can cause serious damage. Therefore, you can try this operation at home only if you have drill skills.

iFixit drilled a key ring hole on AirTag and it survived
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iFixit compares “its AirTags” with Tile Mate and Samsung Galaxy SmartTags. AirTag is the smallest of its kind. Its 3-volt button-type removable battery CR2032 type (the same battery used in SmartTag) occupies most of the internal space. According to iFixit: “All three trackers can be opened with your fingers, no other tools are needed.” But they found that the most difficult to remove is AirTag.

From left: Tile Mate, Galaxy SmartTag and Apple AirTag
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The X-ray display of these three tags shows that Apple has effectively used its internal space without the “relative darkness of AirTag” [in the X-ray image] This is due to the heavy center speaker magnet and its steel battery cover. iFixit posted a video of 360-degree X-ray images on Twitter:

View the complete iFixit teardown information about Apple AirTag here. Soon, they will get a detailed snapshot of the circuit board and the appearance of the onboard chip, probably in the second part.


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