The autopsy video of the iPhone 14 by the iFixit Institute shows that this high-end phone has experienced significant improvement in repairability due to the use of a replaceable back panel. The iFixit video shows that the back glass panel of the iPhone 14 can be easily removed using a heat gun, a suction handle and a spatula.
iFixit by release an article The process of removing the iPhone 14 back panel has been fully explained. The institute says that the back glass of the iPhone 14 is only attached to two screws and a connector. The adhesive used to hold the back panel doesn’t seem to be very strong, making it possible to remove the back panel without using expensive tools. iFixit says removing the same screws also gives you access to the display.
to report VergeApple used a glass panel on the back of the phone for the first time in iPhone 8. The back panel is prone to breakage and the process of replacing it is difficult and expensive. When the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were released, replacing the back panel of these two phones cost $349 and $399, respectively. Provision of subscription service AppleCare Plus allowed users to replace the screen of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for $29 and $99, respectively.
Last year, Apple reduced the cost of replacing the back panel of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 from $99 to $29, provided that AppleCare Plus service is provided. According to iFixit, replacing the back panel costs $599 if you don’t have AppleCare Plus.
It is almost impossible to replace the back panel by the user himself; Apple says that for this you either have to use a laser or carefully break and remove all the pieces of the back glass.
Apple quietly made an important change to the iPhone 14 to make it easier to repair the back panel. The Cupertino company is usually tight-lipped about the repairability of its phones, so the silence on the iPhone 14 change is a little strange.
Apple launched an in-home repair service for the iPhone earlier this year and then expanded it to the MacBook. In this plan, the user can get the necessary parts and equipment directly from Apple. It is currently unclear when the at-home repair plan will include the iPhone 14.
Despite the improvement in the repair of the back panel, it seems that Apple has taken a step back in terms of repairability of the iPhone 14 battery. Even though the iPhone 14 uses the same battery as the iPhone 13, it costs $30 more to repair the battery.
The iFixit Institute gave the repairability of the iPhone 14 a score of seven out of 10. This is the first time since the release of the iPhone 7 that an Apple phone has received such a high score from iFixit.