There hasn’t been an iPhone that’s this repairable in many years


The Right to Repair movement and Apple have had a colorful and heated history. In this regard, the iPhone 14 marks a historic shift: there hasn’t been an Apple smartphone that’s this repairable in years.

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Technology that can be repaired as easily as possible is not a matter of course. The fact that companies strive for a sensible design in terms of repairability has only been fought for or enforced piece by piece by clever users, restless consumer advocates and legislators in many areas. In this respect, the conclusion to the current teardown of iFixit’s iPhone 14 family can be seen as a success story for the movement.
The new iPhone 14 midframe makes repairs much easier (iFixit)

As the repair pros euphorically note, they see the true innovation in the new models, not in the features that Apple is spotlighting. On the contrary, the engineers from Cupertino had not changed so much of the internal structure for many years. “Apple has completely redesigned the inner workings of the iPhone 14 to make it easier to repair. It’s not at all visible from the outside, but it’s a really big deal,” iFixit said in its blog post.

Less stupid in many places

Briefly on the history of iPhone repairs: After replacing the first models, all iPhones since the iPhone 5 have been opened from the display side for repairs. According to iFixit, an “era of pain” began with the iPhone 8 at the latest. From the iPhone X to the iPhone 13, replacing the back was just “killer”, especially compared to other manufacturers.

The iPhone 14 brings an almost complete turnaround here: replace the back, replace the display? Simply loosen two screws and the two components can be easily detached from the new center frame thanks to the “less aggressive adhesive”. Many other large and small adjustments confirm this fundamentally new approach to the construction of the iPhone.

And so, in conclusion, iFixit gives a very high praise: “We have long said that developers could achieve all the desired design features and functions as well as the reparability if they just put a little more effort into avoiding glue. Well , this time Apple made the effort.” This makes the iPhone 14 the “best repairable iPhone in years”.

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