A video teardown of the regular Apple iPhone 14 was published today by the repair website iFixit. The device’s more repairable interior layout was hailed by iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens in a blog post, calling it the most significant iPhone change since the iPhone X.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus is the first iPhone models since the iPhone 4S that can be opened from the back of the smartphone, as was stated in a few reviews. According to iFixit, the display and rear glass panel are only held in place by two screws and one or two connections, making it simpler to remove and replace both parts.
Apple iPhone 14 Teardown
The iPhone has been completely revamped to make repairs simpler; this is such a major deal that it really ought to have been Apple’s main announcement, according to Wiens.
The display, a mid-frame that houses the majority of the internal components, and the rear glass panel make up the sandwich-like design of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models. As long as the customer’s existing display, back glass, and rear camera are in good condition, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers are able to replace the mid-frame by attaching a new one to those components.
RF rethinking, an effective doubling of their ingress protection perimeter, and a complete internal redesign were all necessary for the new aluminium midframe that supports the structure, according to Wiens. In other words, Apple has started again and changed the internals of the iPhone to facilitate repairs.
With the new internal architecture, repair costs for Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models with shattered back glass will be much lower at $169 to $199 on average.
According to Apple’s literature, once the rear glass is changed on the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, a software calibration procedure called System Configuration is necessary. It’s unknown what occurs if System Configuration is not finished, but potential outcomes include everything from wireless charging problems to problems with the LED camera flash and/or the rear-facing microphone.
According to iFixit, a disassembly of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is still in the works. Other teardowns have already demonstrated that the internal change does not apply to the two iPhone 14 Pro versions, which continue to open from the front side as usual.
In addition to better repairability, iFixit pointed out that the SIM card tray slot on the U.S. versions of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro has been replaced with a “huge gap” (and still is on international models). Additionally, the breakdown offers a close-up view of the logic board of the basic iPhone 14 with parts including the A15 Bionic CPU and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem enabling 5G and satellite communication using a new n53 band.