Yesterday it was reported how iFixit found Apple’s new iPhone 14 was easier to repair than previous generation models. It seems however that ease does not apply to the premium iPhone 14 Pro version.
So much for the iPhone 14’s surprisingly repairable design extending across the lineup. iFixit has completed a teardown of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and the easier-to-fix internals haven’t carried over. Break the back glass and you’ll have a harder time repairing it yourself — or an expensive ($549 in the US) Apple Store visit if your device is out of warranty. While Apple never said the Pro models would receive this upgrade, it’s worth considering if you plan to keep your phone running with a little surgery.
The overall repairability (sic) of the iPhone 14 Pro “isn’t terrible” outside of the requirement to activate parts, according to iFixit. Unless Apple harmonizes its design, though, do-it-yourself repair enthusiasts will have to make sacrifices if they want an iPhone they can fix with relatively little difficulty.
Well, so much for Apple getting ahead of the curve (at least not with the iPhone 14 Pro) of protentional rules and requirements to make their devices last longer and easier to repair. I am not really familiar with Apple’s ‘activation’ requirement for parts and have to wonder if this going to turn into a type of Printergate (iPhonegate perhaps) for Apple.