iPhone 14 Is More Easily Repaired Than Previous iPhones

Kyle Wiens, writing for iFixit:

The best feature of the iPhone 14 is one that Apple didn’t tell you about. Forget satellite SOS and the larger camera, the headline is this: Apple has completely redesigned the internals of the iPhone 14 to make it easier to repair. It is not at all visible from the outside, but this is a big deal. It’s the most significant design change to the iPhone in a long time. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models still have the old architecture, so if you’re thinking about buying a new phone, and you want an iPhone that really lasts, you should keep reading. [...]

Enter the iPhone 14. The back glass is simply secured with two screws and a single connector. Apple has seemingly used a slightly less aggressive adhesive, making opening it up a tad easier than screens of yore. And as a bonus, removing the exact same screws as the back glass gets you access to the screen. Just two screws, and both screen and back glass are immediately accessible. Incredible.

This is a very clever design, and without question good news. The fact that this new design is exclusive to the non-pro iPhone 14 models also shows just how different they are from the iPhones 14 Pro. Not just different chips, cameras, and materials — altogether different hardware designs, too.

Monday, 19 September 2022