When Apple originally showed us the iPhone 14, it explained that the new heat management system would make it easier to remove the rear window without replacing more of the chassis. Now, a teardown of the device by self-repair experts at iFixit has proven this to be true and shows how much easier it makes repairing the phone.
With older iPhone designs, including the new Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro MaxReplacing the rear window required more expertise than even some phone repair experts could provide. As iFixit says, the “easiest” method is a laser cutter and scraping off shards of glass with razor blades. The site says that self-repair on the back glass “isn’t exactly a viable process for DIYers.”
On the iPhone 14, on the other hand, the back glass is secured with two screws, a connector and some glue. That is it. The front screen is attached in the same way, with only two screws. iFixit describes this level of simplicity and access as “incredible”, and pictures of how easy it looks to remove and repair would lead us to agree.
It should be noted that Samsung’s Android phones are equally difficult to repair, like the iPhone 14 Pro, and require extensive tools and knowledge. We had some experience with Samsung’s self-repair kitprovided to us by iFixit, and the process was difficult and imperfect, but left us with a phone that looks pretty good and works as well as expected.
Analysis: Good design has many advantages
Apple offers a self-repair program for its newer iPhone models, and we assume this will include the iPhone 14 as well. While this new design appears to be much easier to repair, hopefully it will also make repairs much cheaper, especially for people who don’t opt for Apple’s warranty program or a comparable phone insurance program. Repairing an iPhone currently costs hundreds of dollars if you are not covered by warranty or insurance.
Interestingly, Apple promoted this as heat management and little mentioned that it could make self-repair easier. Apple seems to be opening up support routes for home repair enthusiasts, but is understandably ambiguous about self-repair.
While there are many reasons why design improvements can benefit both user performance and recoverability, it’s understandable that Apple doesn’t want to pass this feature on to owners, especially those who opted for the lowest price, risking buyers who opt for the much higher price tag. more expensive models.