What *is* this layer? I assume step 7 was the “e-paper” transflective-memory-lcd (whatever..), so what is this? It looks like it has a connector at the top though. (Too much to hope) An unused touch screen layer? (That would be *really* silly - surely it would cost too much if you’re not going to implement it. Unless maybe the space at the top-left of the board on step 6 (with 8 test[?]-points in a inverted L-shape) is a space for a chip?
Or is there already something there? It looks like there might be a 4-pin transistor with a pad of solder or something underneath it?
How much “less friendly” is it the battery-using-wires thing though? It looks (not having tried it) like soldering two actual wires to a board would be easier than the little SMT solder pads of the PT (PTS only?) battery.
I wonder if the processor can address that portion of the display (would require Fitbit-become-Google OSS-ing the firmware that they’ll never actually *use*, or writing/patching display routines new). A new bezel would have to be made of course.
Could the “not-really holes” have some "function” in terms of resonating sound or something? (I’m guessing unlikely) Though if the speaker is only right underneath the holes that really *are* holes - it’s hard to thing how any vibration would *get* to the rest of the case.
I’m surprised the Apple IC (blue) doesn’t have “P2” on it (P for “pencil”).. How does the “tap” work - is it a tap of the pen tip on a surface, or a finger tap/squeeze on the barrel of the pencil itself? The capacitance grid looks like it’s separated into “square-like-areas” (9x6 it looks like). Could this be to allow for multi-touch on different places? Something like different brushes in a graphics app depending on where you held the pen? (Say holding it with index and thumb - close to the tip end for a writing tool, middle for something like a paintbrush , or the “erase” end for something like a “spray-paint” or dodge/burn brush).
Or (either as an Apple joke, or a third-party joke) use said hypothetical multi-touch capacity to turn the Apple Pencil into a kazoo/flute? (Or a Ressikan flute penny whistle for the Star Trek fans?). But that would need a separate tip or some device to pick up the signals and transmit them over a longer distance - or does the Apple Pencil use “normal range” Bluetooth?
Is there a technical reason why the new pencil couldn’t be backward compatible to the first-gen iPad Pro? Or to allow for wireless charging on the old iPads, could Apple have made a thin smart-connector accessory that would get power from the smart connector and then have the necessary Qi-like charging coil to transmit to the ApplePen2. That would be a problem for the first gen non-Pro iPad, which doesn’t have a smart connector - but it could also have a lightning plug in the center.)
It seems that “buy the pencil now, upgrade to a new iPad pro later when you have the 2K to do so” marketing strategy might work. Though if you’re going to drop 2K on a new iPad, 0.12K for a new pencil really isn’t that much I guess.
And USB-C allows for hard drives, Ethernet, monitors, DSLRs, CD/BluRay drives - if anyone uses them - CD seems basically dead - is BluRay on its way out too?
Any idea why so many magnets? That looks like 12 in the housing on the right side, but only one voice coil with the one large one in the middle. What are the 3x3 array on the left, and the 2x1 array on the right for?
Why would they remove the OIS if they’re still going to have a camera bump? I thought the *reason* for the bump was because the OIS required it (though that doesn’t explain it for the iPod/iPhone’s that don’t have OIS). Does OIS make it too big in terms of die size?
Any idea what the “gold strips” on the front bottom and back are? Grounding pads?
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