On the one hand, Apple added the iPhone 14 smartphone family to its self-repair program in June this year and now offers original replacement parts for everyone. On the other hand, an opening of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and other latest generation Apple smartphones showed that “rooting” new components after repair is no longer as easy as before.
Specialists I’ll fix it We’ve just gotten access to commercial copies of Apple smartphones in the latest iPhone 15 range and found that on the older models iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, access to the majority of the internal components is possible through the display compartment, while for the younger family members – iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus – the back glass has to be separated from the frame. In fact, this increases the risk of damage to the display during repairs on the two older models, even if the battery has to be replaced. The display must be disconnected after heating, which increases the risk of collateral damage to the connecting cables.
Along the way, iFixit specialists found out that the iPhone 15 Pro actually has a Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 5G modem, which uses intelligent algorithms to optimize the speed of information transmission. As initial tests have shown, this modem is capable of increasing data transfer speeds by up to 24% compared to the iPhone 14 Pro. The presence of a larger 4422mAh battery has also been confirmed.
The layout of the iPhone 15 family, summarized by iFixit experts, has become more convenient for repair, but Apple still complicates the procedure for independent replacement of components, as they require calibration and software validation. In particular, even if, for example, you swap many components between two identical copies of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, you will not be able to immediately get a working device without the efforts and intervention of Apple technical support.
For this reason, replacing displays and transferring them between two identical iPhone 15 Pro Max resulted in a partial loss of functionality. For example, the same Face ID technology no longer worked, as did the automatic display brightness adjustment. Replacing the battery or the main camera allows you to work without restrictions, but a warning about the presence of “suspicious” components constantly appears. The lidar, selfie camera and associated sensors no longer work at all after replacement. Replacing the speakers and vibration motor as well as the USB-C port and adjacent components does not cause any problems. The wireless charging system also does not work after replacement without additional manipulations involving Apple technical support.
Overall, the iFixit specialists rate the repairability of the iPhone 15 series smartphones with four out of ten points, but take into account the prospect of the availability of original spare parts for self-replacement and accompanying service instructions. By the way, in view of the latest discoveries, the iPhone 14 family has also fallen from seven to four points on the iFixit scale, so there is no need to speak of any significant progress or deterioration in maintainability compared to the predecessor smartphones of the iPhone 15 series.