People are looking at Apple Inc’s new iPhone 14 when the model launches on September 16, 2022 in Beijing, China.
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According to a teardown study conducted by iFixit, Apple redesigned the internals of the iPhone 14 to allow users to remove and replace both the back glass and screen of the device by removing two screws.
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The change will make it easier for Apple store employees, independent repair shops, and end users to replace the phone’s screen, back glass, and battery, which are the most common repairs on most smartphones. .
“Apple completely redesigned the inside of the iPhone 14 to make it easier to repair,” said iFixit founder Kyle Wiens.
According to iFixit, the high-end iPhone 14 Pro model doesn’t use the new, more repairable design.
The repair-friendly design of this year’s iPhone 14 contrasts with other iPhones and many Android devices, using adhesives and tight tolerances that make repairing older phones more difficult.
appleiPhone redesign continues as proponents push for legislation that would give consumers access to the manuals, tools and parts needed to repair increasingly complex electronics and industrial machines was done inside , while saving the user money.
Proponents call the cause “right to repair,” and many states across the country are considering legislation to force appliance manufacturers to publish manuals and sell genuine replacement parts.New York legislators Right to repair measure earlier this yearIt has not yet been signed into law.
The issue is also drawing attention at the federal level. President Joe Biden backed the right to repair, asking the Federal Trade Commission to draft a “Right to Repair” rule in an executive order in 2021. The FTC also produced a report on the legal state of rights that will be submitted to Congress in 2021. -to-repair, identifies cell phone and car manufacturers as two industries with repair restrictions.
Apple has taken several steps in recent years to make device repairs easier. Program introduced in April called self-service repair This allows users and independent repair shops to rent the same tools Apple stores use and purchase genuine replacement Apple parts. Apple has also made device repair manuals available through the program.
However, Apple still insists that visiting an Apple-certified technician is the best way for the majority of customers to get their device repaired.
“This design improvement is a big win. These changes to the iPhone will help extend its lifespan and reduce its overall impact on the planet,” Wiens wrote.