September 25, 2022

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The iPhone 14, which went on sale last week, is the most repairable iPhone since the iPhone 7, which came out in 2016, according to repair advocate and appliance seller iFixit said in a blog post,

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According to a teardown done by iFixit, Apple has redesigned the internal structure in the iPhone 14 so that users can remove and replace both the device’s back glass and its screen by simply removing two screws.

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The changes 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 is the most common fix for most smartphones.

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“Apple has completely redesigned the interior of the iPhone 14 to make it easier to repair,” wrote iFixit founder Kyle Weins. “It’s not quite visible from the outside, but it’s a big deal.”

According to iFixit, the high-end iPhone 14 Pro models don’t use the newer, more repairable design.

This year’s repair-friendly design on the iPhone 14 is unlike other iPhones and many Android devices that use glue and tight tolerances that make it more difficult to fix older phones.

Apple’s iPhone redesign comes as advocates continue to push for laws that give consumers access to manuals, tools and parts needed to repair increasingly complex electronic devices and industrial machines, they say That they will make them last longer, while reducing e-waste and environmental impact, while saving money for users.

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Advocates call this reason a “right to repair,” and several states across the US have considered legislation that would compel consumer electronics companies to publish manuals and sell genuine replacement parts. Lawmakers in New York passed Right to repair earlier this year, It has not yet been signed into law.

The issue is also attracting attention at the federal level. President Joe Biden supports the right to repair and asked the Federal Trade Commission to draft right-to-repair rules in an executive order in 2021. The FTC also produced a report about the legal landscape regarding the right to reparations to Congress in 2021. Mobile phone and car makers as two industries with restrictions around repair.

Apple has taken a few steps toward making repairs to its devices easier in recent years. In April, it introduced a program called Self Service Repair that allows users and independent repair shops to rent the same equipment the Apple Store uses as well as purchase genuine replacement Apple parts. The company also provided repair manuals for its equipment through the program.

However, Apple still insists that visiting an Apple-certified technician is the best way for most customers to get their devices fixed.

“This design improvement is a huge win. These changes to the iPhone will help it last longer and reduce its overall impact on the planet,” Venus wrote.