In Comparison to Other New Models, the iPhone 14 Pro is More Difficult to Fix
The iPhone 14's biggest feature is one that Apple didn't make public. The story is this: Apple has entirely changed the internals of the iPhone 14 to make it easier to fix. Forget satellite SOS and the bigger camera. Even though it cannot be seen from the outside, this is a significant issue. It represents the iPhone's biggest recent design overhaul. If you're considering purchasing a new phone and want an iPhone that truly lasts, aside from the one in your pocket you should continue reading because the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max variants still use the outdated architecture.
So much for the remarkably repairable design of the iPhone 14 being present throughout the entire series. The internal components that are simpler to repair haven't been carried over, according to an analysis of the iPhone 14 Pro Max by iFixit. If you break the back glass, it will be more difficult to fix it yourself and, if your device is out of warranty, it will cost you $549 to visit an Apple Store. Even while Apple never stated that the Pro models would get this upgrade, it's something to take into account if you intend to keep using your phone after a little operation.
It's unclear why Apple chose not to redesign the internals for the complete lineup of iPhone 14 models. Given the supply chain concerns associated with the new camera and display technologies used in the Pro line, iFixit speculates that Apple wants to minimize potential delays. Although we've contacted Apple for comment, it won't come as a surprise if further iterations include more transparent internals.
A couple more surprises are revealed throughout the breakdown. Apple hasn't added anything else in place of the recently deleted SIM slot on the iPhone 14 line's US models. So, rather than saving space, this is primarily to encourage eSIM usage. Additionally, iFixit was unable to locate a specific satellite antenna for use in times of emergency, raising the possibility that Apple may be using its regular cellular or WiFi antennae instead.
Outside of the need to activate parts, the iPhone 14 Pro's overall repairability "isn't horrible," according to iFixit. Do-it-yourself repair fans will have to make compromises if they want an iPhone that they can fix with moderate trouble, though, unless Apple harmonizes its design.