iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max Feature More Repairable Design With Removable Back Glass

During its event this week, Apple announced that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max feature a more repairable internal design, with a redesigned frame that allows for the back glass panel to be easily removed from the devices.

iPhone 15 Pro Internal Chassis
Apple already applied this change to the lower-end iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus last year, making them the first iPhone models that can officially be opened from both the front and back sides of the device for repairs since the iPhone 4S, released in 2011. The internal redesign did not extend to the iPhone 14 Pro models.

Removable back glass will likely result in 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 more repairable 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. Apple has yet to disclose repair fees for the iPhone 15 series on its website.

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."

The entire iPhone 15 series can be pre-ordered starting this Friday, September 15 at 5 a.m. Pacific Time, and the devices launch on Friday, September 22.

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lkrupp Avatar
10 months ago

Steps in the right direction.
I'll be curious to see how apple will adapt to the 2027 regulation og having removable batteries.
There is NO such regulation, only being proposed at this point. And if this passes and is enforced get ready for radical design changes in ALL smartphones. We are rapidly moving to mobile devices designed by bureaucrats. I shudder at what they will look like.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adammusic Avatar
10 months ago
Yeah im not buying a macbook until they make the ssd & ram replaceable. Do that you greenwashing f***s
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JippaLippa Avatar
10 months ago
Steps in the right direction.
I'll be curious to see how apple will adapt to the 2027 regulation og having removable batteries.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RedTheReader Avatar
10 months ago
Wish I could remove it permanently and replace it with one made of titanium like the rest of the phone.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fwmireault Avatar
10 months ago
Great step forward!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Torty Avatar
10 months ago

Steps in the right direction.
I'll be curious to see how apple will adapt to the 2027 regulation og having removable batteries.
Waiting for the battery compartment for the D batteries. ???EU: It’s your task!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)