Apple Watch Series 7 disassembly revealed that the on-cell OLED panel is used

Apple this year’s Apple Watch Series 7 switched to a display with a higher screen-to-body ratio, so even though the new watch has not changed much in terms of hardware performance and functions, the appearance and value of the watch are enough to allow many Apple users to buy it. It’s just that the official selling time has made everyone wait for a month. Some think this is affected by this year’s chip shortage, but recently iFixit has given their guess after dismantling this new generation of Apple’s smartwatch.

After disassembling the Apple Watch Series 7, iFixit found that Apple has adopted the same type of on-cell OLED panel like the iPhone 13 series on the new watch, that is, the touch layer is integrated near the display. For this reason, iFixit consulted a former Apple engineer and believes that this hardware change may be the main reason for the delayed listing of the Apple Watch Series 7. However, they also found that this time Apple canceled the diagnostic port and switched to high-frequency wireless reading, so the third party could not further explore the hardware information.

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In other visible hardware changes, the battery capacity of the Apple Watch Series 7 has become a little bit larger, the 41mm version is 1.094Whr, and the 45mm version is 1.189Whr.

In addition, Apple Watch Series 7 also adds a mesh shield on the speaker, because this time the new watch has reached the IP6X level in terms of dust resistance. The cancellation of the physical diagnostic port mentioned earlier may also be to enhance dust resistance. However, from the overall disassembly point of view, the structural design of this generation of Apple Watch has not changed much, so iFixit still gives a repairable score of 6/10.