Repair website iFixit today shared a video teardown of the standard iPhone 14. In a blog post, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens praised the device’s more repairable internal design, calling it the most substantial iPhone redesign since the iPhone X.

As was mentioned in a few reviews, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are the first iPhone models that can be opened from the back side of the device since the iPhone 4S. iFixit says the display and back glass panel are secured with simply two screws and one or two connectors, making both components easier to remove and replace.

“This is 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,” said Wiens.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models are essentially a sandwich consisting of the display, a mid frame housing most of the internal components, and the back glass panel. According to internal documentation seen by MacRumorsApple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will be able to replace the mid frame if necessary by affixing a new one to a customer’s existing display and back glass, so long as those parts are not damaged.

Apple’s documentation indicates that a software calibration process known as System Configuration is required after back glass is replaced on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. It’s unclear what happens if System Configuration is not completed, but possibilities could range from a non-genuine part warning being displayed on the device to issues with wireless charging, the LED camera flash, and / or rear-facing microphone.

iFixit said it is still working on a teardown of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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