These are some common tools used to work on this device. You might not need every tool for every procedure.
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Background and Identification
LTE versions of Apple Watch Series 5 can be identified by the distinctive red circle on the digital crown (in place of the red dot from the Series 3). The watch comes in 40 mm and 44 mm configurations in a variety of colors and materials.
Internally, the watch features the same digital crown with haptic feedback and an electrical heart sensor for additional readings on that ticker of yours. Our initial Series 5 teardown revealed many similarities with Series 4 models, although the components are not interchangeable.
The battery differs drastically between models. Larger 44 mm models get a slight ~1.4% boost in battery capacity over the Series 4, but the smaller 40 mm Series 5 gets a radical new battery design and a 10% boost in capacity.
The watch now comes also in ceramic and titanium. Tools and repair procedures remain similar to Apple Watch Series 4.
Sizes: 40 mm or 44 mm
- LTPO OLED Retina display with Force Touch and always-on functionality
- 1000 nits of brightness
- 368 by 448 pixels (44 mm), 324 by 394 pixels (40 mm)
Processor: Custom S5 System in Package with 64-bit dual-core processor
Operating System: WatchOS 6
Sensors: accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, electrical heart sensor, gyroscope, barometric altimeter, ambient light sensor
- LTE and UMTS in the cellular version
- GPS, GLNSS
- 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
- Bluetooth 5.0
- requires iPhone 6s or later with iOS 13 or later
Haptic Feedback: Taptic Engine and built-in speaker combo for instant tactile feedback
- Water-resistant up to 50 meters
- Compass and ground elevation
- Apple Pay and Siri support
- Qi wireless charging