The bottom mannequin of Apple’s new iPhone 14 is way simpler to restore than different current iPhone variations, in response to tech restore consultants iFixit.
The corporate mentioned Apple had utterly redesigned the inside of the iPhone 14 to make it simpler to entry each the entrance display screen and again glass panels, one thing Apple didn’t point out in its official announcement.
In actual fact, most reviewers mentioned the iPhone 14 appeared to be nearly identical to the iPhone 13.
“Apple has gone again to the drafting board and reworked the iPhone’s internals to make restore simpler. It’s an improve so seamless that the very best tech reviewers on the earth didn’t discover,” iFixit mentioned in a blog post.
Apple launched a glass again panel with the iPhone eight and it turned far harder to restore starting with the iPhone X.
Eradicating the again glass panel requires eradicating all of the elements from the gadget, after which the repairer should take care of a robust adhesive holding the again panel down.
The best methodology of doing so includes utilizing a laser to vaporise the adhesive earlier than shattering the glass and scraping the shards off with razor blades and slicing instruments, making it impractical for DIY restore, iFixit mentioned.
Apple expenses tons of of kilos to restore the again glass, though it’s far much less with Apple’s insurance coverage programme, AppleCare+.
iFixit mentioned that not like these difficult-to-repair fashions, the again glass of the iPhone 14 base mannequin is secured with two screws and a single connector.
“Apple has seemingly used a barely much less aggressive adhesive, making opening it up a tad simpler than screens of yore,” iFixit mentioned.
The identical course of additionally permits entry to the entrance display screen.
iFixit gave the iPhone 14 a repairability rating of seven out of 10, the very best rating because the iPhone 7, earlier than again glass was launched.
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The agency mentioned the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max nonetheless use the previous design.
Apple has been courting cellphone repairers lately as a part of its sustainability efforts, in 2019 beginning to promote instruments, components and manuals to third-party restore retailers and last year to the general public.
But it surely has an extended historical past of manufacturing difficult-to-repair merchandise, such because the AirPods Pro, which in 2019 were given a zero repairability rating by iFixit.
Final November iFixit discovered that if the development of the then-new iPhone 13 made it prohibitively costly for third-party shops to carry out a basic screen repair, a problem Apple later mounted.