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What's Inside The Latest Apple Watch Series 6? The Hardware Upgrades You Can't See

| 2 months ago


If you're unsure about purchasing the Apple Watch Series 6, you may be interested to learn more about the hardware upgrades Apple included in the new smartwatch.

While the Apple Watch Series 6 appears relatively similar in size to the Apple Watch Series 5, there are small detailed changes that significantly change the function and user experience.

Here are the changes you will notice according to iFixit's Apple Watch Series 6 Teardown.

Larger Taptic Engine in Apple Watch Series 6

Since the announcement in June 2020 that Apple is removing the Force Touch pressure feature in the watchOS 7, everyone wonders where the big tech company could be redirecting the future of Apple Watches.

In iFixit's teardown, we learn that the removal of the Force Touch gasket streamlines the process. The absence of the Force Touch gasket makes the repair or replacement processes simpler and quicker without the hassle.


The larger taptic engine means the notification vibrations and nudges will be more subtle when wearing the Apple Watch Series 6.

iFixit notes that "Apple somehow packed more battery and more Taptic Engine into a (barely) smaller design. Impressive!"

Let's take a look at the changes in the battery size for the Apple Watch Series 6.

Slightly Bigger Battery Size than Apple Watch Series 5

Compared to the Apple Watch Series 5, the 44 mm Apple Watch Series 6 has a slightly bigger battery with 3.5% more than its predecessor. The slight upgrade in size also increases the Apple Watch Series 6 battery capacity by 8.5%.

The 44 mm Apple Watch Series 6 has 1.17 Wh of battery and is claimed to last 18 hours of runtime. The increased battery capacity could be as a result of supporting the higher-model chip the Apple Watch Series 6 has with its S6 processor.


Despite the larger battery size and capacity, the Apple Watch Series 6 is measured to be 0.34 mm thinner than the Apple Watch Series 5.

iFixit notes that "slowly but surely, Apple Watches seem to be clawing back [battery] capacity after the big drop from Series 3 to Series 4."

Regardless of the changes, Apple adds to the newer Apple Watch models, most consumers hope the upgrades will improve their user experiences and assist them with daily tasks more efficiently.

Products Covered

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Apple Watch Series 6
Release Date
September 2020


• Always on Retina OLED Display (1000 nits)
• S6 Chip
• 3D Touch Display
• Up to 18 hours Battery Life


Apple Watch Series 6 is the best smartwatch with the best in class health features and fits perfectly on your wrist. In addition to all the great things Apple Watches already did, you'll also get more health tracking features, including the all-new Blood Oxygen Sensor. A top-of-the-line smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6 is the most advanced Apple Watch yet.

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