Apple made the iPhone 14 easier to repair than you expect

Apple acknowledged that the iPhone 14 was designed to be easier to repair, but it may have undercut that upgrade. iFixit has completed a teardown of this year’s base iPhone, and it’s clear the device has been redesigned from the ground up with do-it-yourself fixes in mind. The rear glass is easier and cheaper to fix, as promised, but uses a metal midframe to keep the front just as accessible. The design is more repairable than the many Android phones that just open from the back, iFixit said.

The iPhone 14’s midframe maintains the same structural rigidity you’ve seen in the 13 family. Apple had already moved the earpiece and front camera array to a more repairable location on the previous generation mainframe.

The iPhone 14 won’t make Fairphone buyers regret their purchase. Apple still requires customers and technicians to activate parts after installation, so you can’t just use an unofficial back cover instead of potentially more expensive self-service repair parts. Despite this, iFixit claims that this is the most repairable Apple phone since 2016’s iPhone 7.

The rework is not entirely surprising. Apple faces pressure from both the federal and state legislatures to improve repairability. If it didn’t address home repairs on its designs, it risked fighting with regulators who could force changes and dish out penalties. Whatever the reasoning, you probably won’t mind if you’ve been waiting for an iPhone that’s truly repair-friendly.

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