iPhone 14 Teardown – How the 14 Pro & Pro Max Differ from Their Predecessors?
Once again, after a hiatus, Apple seems to have gone for innovation rather than tipping their price points. That’s our first verdict as we settle for the Apple iPhone 14 teardown, which tells us that even though repairing the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max might be easier than before it is certainly going to cost your pockets more. Why? Let’s get going with a brand-new teardown of the iPhone 14.
- Easy two-socket two-pin setup: though it gets easier to repair, the iPhone repair is overall costly as the entire segment or part must be removed even if one part is not functioning properly
- Unavailability of ORM parts: sometimes, mostly when it comes to iPhone 14 Pro Max teardowns, the parts might not be available and that can cause a delay as well as increase in the overall repairing process.
If we’re talking architecture, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models are still designed the same way as the predecessor models. This is a big surprise considering people wanted to buy the flagship models to experience the new iPhone, but the iPhone 14 teardown leaves us with a not-so-new experience apart from the introduction of the mechanism behind the ‘Dynamic Island’.
Sources suggest that the iPhone 13, which came out a year ago, is almost identical to the iPhone 14 when we compare the teardown processes at large.
The iPhone 14 allows a midframe in the middle, an accessible screen on the left, and a removable rear glass on the right. With the new metal midframe supporting the entire internal redesign, Apple – it seems – has taken the drawing board activities too seriously and have simplified the interiors for the reasons we mentioned above.
With the iPhone 14 teardown – despite the old specifications included – Apple has taken a bold step this time around. Why?
The Back Glass – simply secured with two screws and a simple connector, Apple has gone for a less-adhesive manufacture this time making it easier to open it up and see what’s inside the screen.
Similarly for the back, the two screws and a connector give you access to the mechanism behind the back glass. Just two screws and you’re almost in the middle of the real deal.
But with new additions come a few – never seen before – problems. Such as:
1. New Opening Surface needs Protection – first, the seamless design leaves a lot of space for the opening surface to get damaged due to dust, water, or other agents of nature. Sealing the entire perimeter requires excessive adhesive but Apple has dealt with the problem smartly.
2. Radio Frequency Errors – second, lots of radio frequency complications as there are a world full of changes with different parts being aligned differently when compared to the previous iPhone models.
Despite these new problems popping up, Apple has dealt with these smartly by achieving thinness and durability instead by combining the new design with the functional features helping at the time of a repair.
Talking of the midframe, the incredible addition of new antennas makes the device sturdy and useful in outdoor conditions. The 5G + GPS + Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + Satellite signaling makes it one of the most accomplished Apple iPhones ever.
There are also ten new electromagnetic interference fingers connected to contact points that are spaced across the real panel. This was previously done with welds, but the iPhone 14 teardown tells us Apple improvised.
Other New Features
The flagship feature of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the satellite-powered SOS feature but apart from that, there are other subtle changes that need a worthy mention in this iPhone 14 teardown. These include:
- The iPhone 14 Pro Max Logic Board – it features the A16 processor, which can give up to 15% advanced performance compared to the A15 processor.
- The US Pro Max Logic Board – it features communication chips and the larger SIM reader gap.
- The Satellite connection – it is powered by a new Qualcomm X65 modem, which adds new 2.4 GHz n53 band capabilities to support Global star. Though it needs to be seen whether this function will be available in countries outside the United States or not.
What else did we learn from the iPhone 14 teardown? That Apple continues to mark its own hostile territory when it comes to pairing parts to the phone. Being connected to the same board makes it difficult for a single non-performing part to be replaced and that becomes a challenge.
The additional permissions, required from Apple, make the teardown a difficult attempt considering the use of some aftermarket parts will affect the device’s functioning later.
Apple has come a long way since how it designed the iPhone X stating it to be completely different from its predecessors. It can be said that Apple has finally put some drastic changes in their iPhones with the introduction of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
In terms of repairability, it can take a hit due to the performance issues and the permissions you need to change an authentic part or even a fragment of the major part. But overall, a nice turn of creativity and accessibility if we were to rate the entire Apple iPhone 14 teardown experience.
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