Apple’s new iPhone 14 base mannequin appears to be like just like its predecessor however is redesigned on the within, making it a lot simpler to restore cracks within the again glass, restore agency iFixit mentioned in blog post Monday.
Glass backs returned to iPhones in 2017, however the best way they have been hooked up made them tough to switch. Apple charged as much as $599 to restore the again glass on some fashions, although a lot much less for patrons with AppleCare+, Apple’s gadget insurance coverage program.
IFixit, which assesses the reparability of client electronics, mentioned Monday Apple has made main adjustments to the iPhone 14 base mannequin. Earlier iPhones had again glass glued to the cellphone’s body and buried below different elements, which means the gadget needed to be nearly completely disassembled to repair it.
Within the iPhone 14, the again glass is held in place by simply two screws and one connector, making it simple to take away.
Apple didn’t point out the interior redesign when it introduced the iPhone 14 earlier this month. It didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Given the price of earlier repairs “everybody was simply dwelling with telephones with tape on the again,” iFixit Chief Govt Kyle Wiens informed Reuters. “This provides individuals a shot at getting them mounted. It additionally creates alternatives for native restore outlets.”
The more expensive iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max nonetheless have the older type of glued-in glass again. Apple’s telephones have lengthy been a goal of restore business critics who argued the units have been so arduous to repair that customers have been extra more likely to discard them and purchase a brand new gadget.
Apple has slowly began to embrace the restore business lately as a part of its environmental sustainability efforts. In 2019, Apple started selling instruments, components and manuals to unbiased restore outlets. Final 12 months, Apple started providing these gadgets to most of the people.