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Apple's AirTags might not stay as shiny as they look right now throughout their working lives

An AirTag gets torn down. (Source: YouTube)
An AirTag gets torn down. (Source: YouTube)
A new Apple AirTag teardown video reveals that each one is packed with drivers, coils and (of course) button batteries. However, and possibly more importantly, it may also show that their clearly keenly developed appearance might degrade quickly over time with use. On the other hand, they can theoretically be torn down for repair (should the user want to do so) at least.
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The popular destruction-testing YouTube channel JerryRigEverything's latest video concerns a product unveiled by Apple at its 2021 Spring Loaded event, and might be welcomed by many potential buyers as the device in question just might incur a lot of knocks, scrapes and generally being sat on by accident during its useful life. However, it is not the freshly-released M1-powered iPad Pro, but the new AirTag smart-tracker.

The show's host Zach Nelson started out by drawing attention to the stainless-steel shell with which every AirTag is equipped, and is constantly exposed to the environment even through its range of fancy new holders and accessories. It seems its finish scratches up easily, even with Nelson making excuses for it involving dust and micro-fiber cloths.

Therefore, an AirTag is not likely to look anywhere near as shiny as it looks out of the box (which go for US$29 a pop, or $99 for 4) after attaching it to a possession, especially considering the accessories are meant to go on things like keys and bags.

Otherwise, Nelson demonstrated the user-replaceability of their button batteries - and also that an AirTag can be dissected further despite its IP67 rating. This showed how Apple has packed various internals, antennae for its ultrawide-band connectivity, coils for NFC and speaker for its audible Find My-activated feedback included.

Therefore, it might conceivably be possible to replace its other components as well...so long as you don't accidentally destroy a coil in the process, of course. As for the smart tag's appearance, Nelson did take the opportunity to show off the skins for which he has partnered with Dbrand to match the AirTags. They show off the aforementioned internals while protecting that steel disc, and also give the product a much more Star Wars look into the bargain.

On that note, these silicon AirTag cases are now available on Amazon.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05- 4 (Update: 2021-05- 4)