iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus Feature Removable Back Glass for Easier Repairs

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

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To replace the back glass on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers need to open the device from the display side, disassemble components, and install an "iPhone Rear System" part, which is an iPhone enclosure with all components except the display and rear camera. This part gets affixed to the customer's original display and rear camera, so long as those parts are not damaged too.

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

Early teardowns of the iPhone 14 show that the device can still be opened from the display side as well, so screen repairs should not be impacted by this change. Reviews did not make any mention of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max having an easily removable back glass panel, suggesting that the change is limited to the standard models.

In the United States, Apple Stores will charge $169 and $199 to replace 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 is reduced to $29 for both models. These fees may vary at Apple Authorized Service Providers.

iPhone 14 orders will begin arriving to customers this Friday, while the iPhone 14 Plus will be available starting October 7.

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Top Rated Comments

Crossmax Avatar
9 months ago
So obviously the repair cost will be much, much lower, right?

(yeah, right)
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sebosz Avatar
9 months ago
This isn't you, Tim!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
9 months ago
And just like that, an aftermarket custom back glass cottage industry is sprouting up as we speak.

I'm skipping this year, but I'd leverage this to add my condo's access fob to the inside of the glass if it has 1mm to spare. I did this with my iPhone 4, and tapped my phone to get into my building, years before ApplePay or Wallet were a twinkle in Apple's eye.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
notabadname Avatar
9 months ago
Complaint for years: It needs to me more repairable and accessible!!!!

iPhone becomes more repairable a accessible.

Complaint: there’s an evil ulterior motive: they are only doing this to reduce warranty work, or, they are using inferior parts and know they will have to access more, or . . . . . . . . . Darn you Apple and Tim!!

It seems there is truly no reasonable way to satisfy the consumer
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iZac Avatar
9 months ago
A red one with a black (aftermarket) back panel would look pretty cool
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chrjy Avatar
9 months ago
I dropped my iPhone 12 Pro a few weeks ago....an extremely rare occurrence for me and cracked the back glass. Thought I would get it replaced but Apple were charging £640 ($740) I changed my mind and purchased an iPhone 14 Pro! :eek:
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)