iPhone 14 Pro Max disassembly is bad news for those hoping for cheaper repairs

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After a bomb threat yesterday which showed that a… complete internal redesign of the vanilla iPhone 14, which makes replacing batteries and screens much easier, today we face a disappointment.

One second disassembly report by iFixitreveals that the iPhone 14 Pro models unfortunately still use the old iPhone architecture, so common repairs such as a broken screen or a cracked back glass remain far too complex and also far too expensive in the latter case.
Opening the iPhone 14 Pro series is about the same experience as with the iPhone 13 models. You start by loosening a set of pentalobe screws, then use a heat gun and suction cups to lift the display. A small improvement is that the glue seems to be less strong this year.
The big problem with the outdated iPhone architecture is that repairing a broken back glass is ridiculously complex, and we recommend that you watch the video of iFixit to understand how difficult it is.

Here are some very interesting tidbits discovered by this teardown by iFixit:

  • Where we used to have a SIM card slot, now we have… a whole lot of nothing! Wow, and you may remember all the fuss about removing the 3.5mm headphone jack! Obviously this empty space is only on the US models, international versions still have this space occupied by a SIM tray.
  • iFixit points out that a 1GB microSD card now costs $20 and suggests that space could be used for a microSD card in a future iPhone! That’s what we call an optimist, but seriously, since this is Apple, we never see it happening. But if you ask us, we certainly wouldn’t mind having this on an iPhone!
  • All iPhone 14 versions (vanilla and Pro) come with the new Qualcomm X65 modem. It delivers a big boost in 5G speeds, but most importantly, it enables satellite connectivity with support for the n53 band used by satellite provider Globalstar.

At the end of the day, the iPhone 14 Pro finished with a repairability score of 6 out of 10, while the internal redesign of the vanilla iPhone 14 gave it a 7 out of 10.

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