The iFixit team has redone its teardown, this time by examining Apple’s AirTag trackers. Part one of its two-part review digs into the guts of the little trackers, and for those who complain about the AirTag’s lack of a key ring loop, iFixit (gently) drilled a hole in one without damaging any of the parts.
After some exploration in 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 have miraculously managed to avoid all chips, plates and antennas just by drilling plastic and glue. The best part? The AirTag survived the operation like a champ and works like nothing happened.
The team warned you should remove the battery before drilling, and warned that drilling in the wrong place can cause serious damage. So only try this at home if you are proficient with an exercise.
iFixit compared “its AirTags” to the Tile Mate and the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag. AirTags are the smallest of the bunch, with its 3-volt removable coin-cell battery – type CR2032, the same as the ones SmartTags use – taking up most of the internal space. “All three trackers open with finger force – no other tools needed,” said iFixit, but found the AirTags to be the hardest to remove.
An X-ray of the three tags shows that Apple has made efficient use of the internal space, nothing that “ the relative darkness of the AirTag [in the X-ray image] is due to a large center speaker magnet and its steel battery cover. iFixit tweeted a 360 video of the X-ray image:
Watch the full iFixit run-down of Apple’s AirTags here. And soon they will have detailed boardshots and a look at the silicon on board, presumably in part two.