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iPhone 14 is the most salvageable iPhone in years

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Although the iPhone 14’s features aren’t significantly different from the iPhone 13, a breakdown reveals that Apple has made internal changes that make repairs easier.

Apple doesn’t have a good reputation when it comes to enabling fixes. It has reluctantly begun providing repair manuals and borrowing tools to replace parts, but its products are still built in a way that can be considered difficult to repair.

Usually in iFixit tearing down For the iPhone 14, the model was found updated internally, including the ability to unscrew it from the front and back. Normally, technicians would have to remove the screen to get to the internals for repairs, but now, the back glass can also be removed in a somewhat similar fashion.

After applying heat and carefully pulling out the screen, the iPhone 14’s interior view is blocked by a large metal plate, the middle frame, with gaps to allow the camera and select connectors and components to click through. It is believed that the design change should simplify screen repairs as well as protect components inside the iPhone that are not normally protected by a metal plate.

Butterfly view for iPhone 14, disassembled [via iFixit]

Unlocking the rear glass follows a similar procedure, and again it is believed to be a massive change on Apple’s part. The back glass is the hardest component to remove from the iPhone normally, and it costs users hundreds to replace outside of AppleCare+.

This decision is a major breakthrough for Apple, which previously allowed access across the screen as it covers both the screen and battery replacement, two common repair tasks. By allowing the rear glass to be ejected for general rear access to the components in the display itself, Apple removes major obstacles to repairing the back glass, should it become damaged.

For the rest of the disassembly process, the screws can be removed to take out the brackets and components, while two pull tabs and a bit of adhesive keep the battery in place. Other connectors can also be popped to separate the components from each other.

After the teardown, iFixit applauded Apple’s design changes, including how Apple fixed the challenge of keeping the device robust and robust, while continuing to increase access. Using the middle frame helps absorb shock and shift around it from drops, in a similar way to how the iPhone 13’s metal frame spreads a shock to the battery and glass back, except that it’s instead managed by a metal plate.

Separating the rear panel also caused a problem with the RF transmissions, but instead of using welds, Apple used ten EMI contact points to ground the frame as closely as possible.

Unlock iPhone 14 from the back [via iFixit]

Unlock iPhone 14 from the back [via iFixit]

However, the disassembly process is not without criticism, as Apple has been reprimanded for asking to activate the back glass after activation.

For example, the back glass must be activated in the program, as the teardown video demonstrates. There are still software limits to prevent the use of aftermarket parts.

The major change in the iPhone’s architecture results in a repairability score of 7 out of 10, the highest score for an iPhone since the iPhone 7 – released in 2016.

“This is the most significant iPhone redesign since X,” wrote iFixit. “It’s hard to understate the scale of the change. For a reference point, Samsung hasn’t changed the architecture of its phones since 2015.”

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