Apple unveiled the repairability of the iPhone 15 series models for the first time during its launch event on September 13th, marking the first time Apple has addressed this topic in the past 15 years.
In 2012, the groundbreaking iPhone 5 was introduced by Apple Inc., featuring the Lightning port, a 4-inch Retina display, and the A6 dual-core processor. This upgrade brought excitement to the entire smartphone market. However, starting with this generation, iPhones required disassembly from the screen to repair. This meant that nearly all internal repairs involved the removal of the more costly display, it is higher risks and offered fewer benefits.
Last year’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus introduced a new change: a brand-new frame design that allowed the rear glass panel to be completely removed, significantly reducing repair risks. This year, Apple has adopted the same design for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, both of which feature removable glass backs. Apple points out that the presence of a “new internal chassis architecture” makes it easier to replace the glass back of the iPhone 15 Pro without the need for lasers or complex disassembly.
Meanwhile, Apple’s official website has also published repair prices for the entire lineup. The cost of replacing the glass back panel for Pro/Max models has dropped by 64%, although other repair components remain relatively expensive.
Damage to the back glass of an iPhone has always been a nightmare for users, often requiring device disassembly or the use of specialized lasers for replacement. Indeed, Apple’s new design makes repairs easier in this regard.
However, this commendable mechanical improvement is marred by a multitude of software-paired obstacles. Repairs involve not only the back panel glass but also the screen, camera, battery, and other small components. When repairing these parts, only genuine Apple components truly restore full functionality to the device. Third-party parts trigger annoying non-genuine warnings on the iPhone. Durable and repairable products are crucial for the future of our planet. Sustainable electronics endure the test of time, while parts pairing disrupts the ecosystem needed to sustain these devices.
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