iPhone 15 Pro Said to Be Easier to Repair Like iPhone 14 and 14 Plus

Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will have a redesigned chassis that makes the devices "easier to repair," according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

iPhone 14 Pro Cracked Glass
This change could result in the iPhone 15 Pro models having removable back glass. With the chassis redesign, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus became the first iPhone models that can be opened from both the front and back sides of the device since the iPhone 4S in 2011. The internal redesign did not extend to the iPhone 14 Pro models, which can still only be opened from the display side, at least for authorized repairs.

Removable back glass would likely lead to significantly lower repair fees for iPhone 15 Pro models with cracked back glass for customers without AppleCare+ coverage. Apple's out-of-warranty fees for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus with back glass damage range from $169 to $199, compared to $499 to $549 for iPhone 14 Pro models.

iFixit's Kyle Wiens last year said the iPhone 14 represented "the most substantial iPhone redesign" since the iPhone X given the increased repairability. He added that the changes were "such a big deal that it should have been Apple's big announcement—the iPhone has been redesigned from the inside out to make it easier to repair."

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 15 lineup in September. Gurman reiterated that all of the devices will be equipped with a USB-C port and the Dynamic Island, while he expects the Pro models to feature a titanium frame, thinner bezels around the display, a faster chip manufactured with TSMC's 3nm process, a customizable Action button, and more. He believes price increases are possible in some countries, at least for the Pro models.

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Top Rated Comments

thadoggfather Avatar
13 months ago

Yeah at the cost of being more expensive.

Congrats right to repair people, you just forced everyone to pay more for the iPhone just so that the few people like you and Louis Rossman can spend an hour swapping a battery to save a few bucks while everyone else continues using Apple service.

I knew this was going to happen.
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Lashing out at Rossman for advocating for consumer rights is absurd as is blaming a potential price hike on a more repairable device

If apple raises the price it’s because they want to. Or are passing along the increase cost for parts. Not because you will be able to pop off the back of a phone with more ease

That’s really a stretch imo
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
13 months ago

Yeah at the cost of being more expensive.

Congrats right to repair people, you just forced everyone to pay more for the iPhone just so that the few people like you and Louis Rossman can spend an hour swapping a battery to save a few bucks while everyone else continues using Apple service.

I knew this was going to happen.
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This has got to be the worst take I've ever read in my decades of using Macrumors.

Seriously, you're defending Apple making things harder to fix to save a buck? You do know that Apple charges what the market will bear, right? It doesn't matter how much money they save in manufacturing; the price will remain exactly the same because that's what we are willing to pay for it. No more, no less.

The worst thing we can have right now is more and more disposable, un-fixable tech that ends up in landfills because a company wanted to save a buck in manufacturing. At least Apple is making a tiny effort to make things better. Now if only they'd stop serializing components and requiring proprietary tools to pair the new parts together as has been seen recently. Maybe they'll back off on this which would be great for us all.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
13 months ago
Give me user replaceable batteries or give me death

Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
13 months ago
People just need to keep their phones longer and stop falling for the fud that is ‘but better camera, better photos’. Seriously!
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
magicman32 Avatar
13 months ago

Yeah at the cost of being more expensive.

Congrats right to repair people, you just forced everyone to pay more for the iPhone just so that the few people like you and Louis Rossman can spend an hour swapping a battery to save a few bucks while everyone else continues using Apple service.

I knew this was going to happen.
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You can make up any excuse for any alleged price increases and convince yourself of anything if you try hard enough.

Create any reality you want. Easier to repair is an unassailable good thing.

Did the iPhone 14 go up in price? Yeah, I thought so.

Correlation does not equal causation.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HVDynamo Avatar
13 months ago

What does this have to do with "You clearly own nothing " argument?

I own 6 iPads from all the way back to iPad 3, a few macs, a few PCs, a few iPhones, 1 Pixel and so on. Tell me again I clearly own nothing.
It has everything to do with it. Your arguing against right to repair, which is honestly just an absolutely terrible take and an indefensible position as a consumer. By arguing against right to repair, you are effectively arguing for the "You will own nothing and be happy" mindset. The right to repair a device you have purchased is paramount to ownership. If you are not allowed to repair a device you spent your money on, you do not own that device, you are merely renting it from the company on their terms. This isn't about one person like Rossmann, it's about giving consumers the right to choose a repair shop that isn't owned or restricted by apple to repair their devices. The only thing you have had right so far is that most people won't repair phones themselves, but this as much about people repairing their own equipment as it is about allowing them the freedom to have their device repaired outside of Apple.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)