iPhone 14 Teardown appears to be the most repairable iPhone yet

The iPhone 14 got a major redesign, apparently making it the most salvageable iPhone ever.

According to a new teardown by iFixitThe iPhone 14’s internal architecture has been upgraded to fundamentally change the phone’s internals.

“Apple has completely redesigned the interior of the iPhone 14 to make the repair process easier,” said iFixit writer Kyle Wiens. “It’s not visible at all from the outside, but that’s a big problem. It’s the most significant change to iPhone design in a long time.”

The iPhone 14 was released just 4 days ago on September 16, 2022, and its new features and external changes are so minor that many are directly comparing it to the iPhone 13. However, there is a different story under the box.

iPhone 14 now unlocks from the front And the Rear with a stylish medium frame, easy-access screen, and removable back glass. It’s this new mid-range frame that required a complete redesign of the old iPhone architecture.

“Apple didn’t mention the secret redesign in its keynote,” Wiens said. “If the reviewers had taken the phone apart, they would have found this… It’s an upgrade so smooth that the best tech reviewers in the world didn’t even notice.”

Over the years, Apple has flipped between the front and rear aperture, with pros and cons for each. The easy front access makes replacing the screen much easier, but it’s much more difficult to change the battery or other internal component. Rear access is the opposite – easier access to internal parts at the expense of more complex screen replacement.

The new medium frame seems to be the answer. The iPhone 14’s back glass is secured with just two screws and one connector, and with much less aggressive glue, it makes disassembling the phone much easier. The best part? The same screws also remove the screen, so you only need to loosen two screws to access both the front and back.

In addition, the new electromagnetic interference contacts connect to the points of contact spaced across the back panel, continuing the grounding that was previously done using welding. iPhone 14 also adds an upgraded camera, SOS satellite and other improvements. Unfortunately, the old “System Configuration” hitch remains.

Apple has long tried to control iPhone repair with a program to limit the use of aftermarket parts. However, Apple recently opened a self-service repair shop, which makes it easier to access repairs.

However, the iPhone 14 back glass requires activation after installation. It’s an obstacle that makes repairing your iPhone 14 a little more difficult — a real shame that it’s still a problem considering the significant steps forward in the phone’s architecture.

However, the iPhone 14 is now the most salvageable iPhone ever…even if there is still progress to be made. Note though: The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models still use the old architecture.

Want to read more about iPhone 14? Check out our comparison of the latest iPhone 14 models and find out how fast there is no sim card tray in iPhone 14.

Ryan Liston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow it Twitter.