- The redesign of the iPhone 14, not mentioned in Apple’s keynote speech, makes it easier to repair the phone.
- The iPhone 14 can be opened from the front and back, and the screen opens more easily than before.
- The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max do not open on both sides and are the same design as older iPhones.
A small change in the architecture of the new iPhone 14 makes it easier to repair your phone yourself.
According to the iFixit website, the iPhone 14 can be opened from the front and back by simply unscrewing two screws. These screws secure the back glass and front screen of the phone.
The design change is also important because the iPhone 14 is the first new iPhone released since Apple launched its self-repair program, allowing iPhone owners to buy genuine Apple parts and rent the tools needed for repairs directly from the company.
According to iFixit, having access to both sides adds other technical challenges, such as having an extra side to seal against water and potential RF issues.
All of the internal parts of the iPhone 14—the parts responsible for satellite signaling for 5G, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth—are housed in one middle bezel behind the screen. The middle frame also absorbs force if the phone is dropped.
Along with this redesign, the new iPhone 14 has an improved camera and no SIM port.
Before this redesign was revealed, the hardware of the iPhone 14 wasn’t much different from its iPhone 13 predecessor. Antonio Villas-Boas of Insider recently wrote that switching to the iPhone 14 from the iPhone 13 was probably a pass for most people.
iFixit gave the iPhone 14 a 7 out of 10 “repairability score” and added that it is “the most repairable iPhone in years.” The website also added that making it easier to repair the iPhone 14 “will help it last longer and reduce its overall impact on the planet.”
This change sets the iPhone 14 apart from its iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max brethren, which don’t have the same front-to-back accessibility.