The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models are equipped with a removable back glass panel to make repairs easier, according to Take Crunch And the cnet. This makes these iPhone models the first since the iPhone 4S that can be easily opened from the back side of the device.

To replace the back glass on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers need to open the device from the side of the screen, disassemble the components, and install the “iPhone Rear System” part, which is the iPhone enclosure with all components except for the display and rear camera. This part is pasted on the customer’s original screen and back camera, as long as these parts are also not damaged.

For iPhone 11 models and earlier with a cracked back glass, Apple-certified technicians simply replace the entire device. The new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus method will be less expensive for Apple and more environmentally friendly.

Early iPhone 14 takedowns show that the device can still be unlocked from the side of the screen as well, so screen repairs shouldn’t be affected by this change. The reviews made no mention of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max having an easily removable back glass panel, which indicates that the change is limited to standard models.

In the US, Apple stores will charge $169 and $199 to replace the damaged back glass on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, respectively, for both parts and labor. If the customer has AppleCare+ coverage for the iPhone, the fee will be reduced to $29 for both models. These fees may vary at Apple authorized service providers.

iPhone 14 orders will start hitting customers on Friday, while iPhone 14 Plus will be available from October 7.

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