Apple’s New iPhone 14 Is Easier to Fix

A lot of reviewers say Apple’s iPhone 14 is not much different than the model it replaced. But there is one key difference: Kyle Wiens, the founder of iFixit, says the device is easier to repair than past models. “Apple has completely redesigned the internals of the iPhone 14 to make it easier to repair,” wrote Wiens. “It is not at all visible from the outside, but this is a big deal. It’s the most significant design change to the iPhone in a long time.”

This is a big deal for Treehugger too. As Katherine Martinko wrote, “Repair is a deeply environmental act. It prolongs the lifespan of an item and reduces demand for new, conserving resources and saving money. It keeps items out of landfill, which decreases the risk of leaching chemicals and heavy metals, and spares developing nations from having to deal with a surplus of unwanted goods in unsafe conditions. It incentivizes quality production, decreases toxic mining, and creates jobs in independent repair shops.”

For years we have written, usually on our MacBooks and iMacs, that Apple can and should do better. In 2021 when Apple finally released manuals and parts, giving users the right to repair, Wiens told Treehugger that phones should follow.

“Apple leads the electronics industry. They pioneered glued-in batteries and proprietary screws, and now they are taking the first steps on a path back to long-lasting, repairable products,” said WiensiFixit believes that a sustainable, repairable world of technology is possible, and hope that Apple follows up on this commitment to improve their repairability.”

front and back halves of the iphone.

iFixit / Creative Commons License

According to Wiens, Apple apparently has: “This is the iPhone 14 reborn as a beautiful butterfly—a midframe in the middle, accessible screen on the left, and removable rear glass on the right.”

Wiens wrote a long and interesting history of the repair process for phones, where the screen often has to be replaced. At first, you could open them from the front, which made screen replacement easy. Then, with the iPhone 8, Apple introduced “an era of pain” by gluing the back on. But now, with the iPhone 14, both the back and the front open with…