New Apple TV 4K Teardown Unveils Easy to Repair Design, Not So Much for Siri Remote

The entire plastic shell of the device, like previous Apple TV models, is transparent to IR light, allowing the Siri Remote to be used from any angle.

The Apple TV's huge fan is not connected to the logic board by a cable but rather by four metal contact pins, making disassembly much easier. The Apple TV is straightforward to pull down, according to iFixit, because each of its components is simply layered in place and easy to remove with a screwdriver.

The battery is in the bottom half of the revised Siri Remote, while the circuitry is in the top half.

We assumed that because the new Apple TV 4K appears comparable to the previous model, it would be similarly simple to repair. That, according to the iFixit deconstruction video, is exactly the case. With a little prying and ordinary screws, the site was able to rip right through the set-top box's case.

Apple also employed metal contact connectors to connect the ATV's big fan to its logic board, which was a new twist. This makes it simple to remove without fear of damaging any cords.

Apart from that, the Apple TV 4K is essentially a sandwich of components that can be easily removed. Its sleek black casing, like before, is completely IR transparent, allowing it to send infrared orders to other gadgets in your home. The Apple TV remote also controls the volume on my A/V receiver in my home theatre.

When it came to repairability, iFixit awarded the new Apple TV 4K an eight out of ten. Even a novice guy would be able to get their hands on it (not that there's much to add inside the case).

The updated Siri Remote, which is, to be honest, the actual star of the show, is a different story. After pulling out all of the face buttons manually after removing two screws near the Lightning port (identical to the iPhone), iFixit ran upon another screw to remove.

After that, the site was able to take out the whole interior of the remote, revealing a little 1.52 Whr battery on the bottom and the remainder of the circuitry on the top. There are no major surprises, but almost everything has to be removed with force. Basically, if the battery dies on you, you'll have to buy a new Siri Remote in a few years.

With brutal force, the Clickpad and buttons had to be removed, revealing more screws to remove. The battery and circuitry could then be slid out of the bottom of the remote after these were removed. The whole disassembly of the new Siri Remote was made tough by "extremely tight" tolerances, according to iFixit. The Siri Remote uses a "tiny"1.52 Wh battery, which iFixit discovered is not bonded in place, making replacement slightly easier.

The second-generation Apple TV received an eight out of ten for repairability, just like the prior model. The new remote, on the other hand, proved to be extremely difficult to fix. Even a simple battery replacement necessitates complete disassembly and poses a danger of injury.