minimum: Apple has probably taken one of the most important steps in iPhone repair so far. Cupertino engineers may have used the standard iPhone 14 to test its self-repairing water. While the phone doesn’t have many upgrades from last year’s model, it does have an interior that makes it very different, iFixit discovered.
After its launch last Friday, the gurus at iFixit wasted no time taking apart the iPhone 14. While Apple didn’t they change From the aesthetic point of view of the phone, the interior is more suitable for repair. In fact, it is called iFixit as Most repairable iPhone in years.
“Apple has completely redesigned the interior of the iPhone 14 to make the repair process easier,” said iFixit founder Kyle Wiens. “It’s not visible at all from the outside, but that’s a huge problem. It’s the most significant change to iPhone design in a long time.”
The big news is that the rear glass is now easily removable. Apple’s switch to glass back panels, starting with the iPhone 8, has been to accommodate wireless charging. Unfortunately, repairing this board is an expensive $600 in the backside (pun intended).
Taking off the back panel of the iPhone 14 is relatively easy. Two screws and one connector at the bottom of the frame hold the glass in place. Mild adhesive enhances assembly. The glue is much “less aggressive” than what Apple uses on other models. The heating mat, suction handle, and opening shovels were all necessary to lift the back.
“The iPhone 14’s best feature is the one that Apple didn’t tell you about. Forget the SOS satellite and the larger camera, the headline is: Apple has completely redesigned the interior of the iPhone 14 to make it easier to fix.”
The same screws that secure the back to the monitor also screw into the monitor. So both the front and back of the new metal center frame can be folded like a ‘beautiful butterfly’. The medium frame also makes the iPhone 14 more shock-resistant because the inner frame and battery take the brunt of the force rather than the glass.
Unfortunately, Apple only included the “secret redesign” in the standard iPhone 14. Both iPhone Pro and Pro Max have the same internal build as previous models. Wiens said that if you want an iPhone that “really lasts,” the standard iPhone 14 is your best bet.
Oddly enough, Apple failed to mention this new design aspect in its keynote. After all, the iPhone 14 doesn’t have a lot of bragging points. It’s not even incremental Raising the level of on iPhone 13.
A review from The Verge notes that “the iPhone 13, which came out a year ago and is still being sold by Apple, is almost identical to the 14”, adding that it should have been called the “iPhone 13S”.
Apple’s marketing team dropped the ball by not playing into the internal changes and giving more attention to the iPhone 14’s more repair-friendly design. However, Apple may still not be ready to take the full leap in the DIY repair scene.
While it has taken great strides to Can Self- and non-Apple repairs, with product manuals and repair tools available to anyone, doesn’t seem ready to give it up entirely. For example, although replacing the back glass is easier, iOS will bother you to “activate” the panel.
“Why in the world would you need permission to install a pane of glass?” iFixit said in a shredded video (masthead). “Using software to prevent components from being replaced with aftermarket parts is very acceptable to us.”
This persistent stance against self-repair has prevented the iPhone 14 from receiving a higher score for iFixit repairability. However, it still ranks 7/10, which is the highest percentage given to the brand since the iPhone 7.
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