According to a teardown examination by parts supplier and gadget-repair advocate iFixit, Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max contain a new frame design that may make repairing the devices’ screens or replacing their batteries easier.
The new phones receive a dismal repairability rating from iFixit (4 out of 10), though. That’s partly because Apple utilises software to lock parts to particular devices, making independent fixes more challenging or nearly impossible.
The primary components of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are attached to an aluminium frame that is connected to the titanium casing that customers touch on the exterior thanks to a novel design, according to iFixit, which was revealed after the devices went on sale Friday. The new design provides repairers with easier access to the battery and screen, which are the two most often fixed components on smartphones.
In its statement this month, Apple emphasised the modification and reduced the cost of replacing a damaged back glass panel from $499 or $549 on the Pro models from the previous year to $149 or $169. Regardless of the size of the display, screen repairs are still $329 or $379. Additionally, the less expensive Pro model of the iPhone 14 from last year included a structure with a glass removable from the back.