iPhone 14 may be easier to repair, but only in official Apple stores

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After the release of new products such as the iPhone 14 / Pro series, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, Apple Watch SE 2, and AirPods Pro 2 headphones, Apple quietly made some changes to the AppleCare+ plan. It extended warranties on Apple products and increased coverage for accidental damage. While AppleCare+ used to offer accidental damage twice a year, these repairs are now “unlimited”. The price of AppleCare+ varies by device, and customers can choose to pay monthly or pay the full price. For the iPhone 14, AppleCare+ costs $9.99 per month or the full price of $199. It’s worth noting that even if you subscribe to AppleCare+, you still need to pay Apple for the service. That is if your device will need repairs. 

iPhone 14 Pro Max Apple smartphones

At present, Apple has reduced the difficulty of repairing the iPhone 14 series. However, the question of “who can repair it” has caused heated discussions. Apple’s iPhone 14 series seems to have strengthened the restrictions on third-party repairs to some extent. Nevertheless, it is difficult to repair through third-party channels. A third-party repair store claims that it is quite easy to take apart the iPhone 14. However, getting it working again after taking it apart is quite difficult. 

The new issue centers on the iPhone 14 series’ All Weather Display (AOD). This is a feature that uses the phone’s two ambient light sensors (ALS) to calibrate display brightness. To save power, the display automatically turns off at night or when the phone is in your pocket. However, if your display breaks and you replace the screen through a non-Apple authorized service center, the ALS will be always off. This will leave the screen permanently black unless you can remember exactly where the slider is.

Ambient light sensors have been an issue in older iPhones

The ambient light sensor has been a problem in previous iPhones. In fact, even the placement of the controller is a problem. On the iPhone 12, for example, it’s in a sensor bend that tilts on its own in the event of a mechanical failure. On the iPhone 13, it’s been moved to a new component cluster, reducing the risk of accidental damage. The iPhone 14 ALS are in a similar location, so any…

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