Apple Watch Ultra teardown confirms it’s rugged, but not easily repaired

Apple Watch Ultra was built to survive outdoor adventures, but forget about repairing it yourself if you take a fall. iFixit completed a video teardown indicating that the Ultra isn’t significantly more repairable than its regular counterparts. There are external screws on the back, but you’ll destroy a watertight seal if you pry the back open. And don’t even think about getting through the front – it’s difficult to avoid breaking the screen, at least without special tools.

It’s also difficult to access the battery and other components. The teardown also shows how much larger the Apple Watch Ultra’s speaker array is compared to the Series 8. While you’ll probably never use the siren feature these speakers are designed for, it should help with call quality and other audio-driven apps.

So this isn’t the advancement in repairability you saw in the base iPhone 14. You must take this to a professional repair shop if you land badly during a hike. Still, iFixit is optimistic that the Watch Ultra represents a path towards more repairable Apple straps. While it’s not clear if future smartwatches will make that leap, given the increasing political pressure on the tech industry to create more serviceable devices, it won’t come as a shock.

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