The rear glass of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max is removable. A design choice which greatly simplifies the repair of it when it is broken, and which will cost you much less.
Last year, during the presentation of its iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, Apple announced good news for its clumsiest users. The rear window of these devices was now removable, thus allowing a simpler and, above all, less expensive repair than on models on which it is glued. However, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max were not affected by this preferential treatment. Apple has nevertheless just corrected this on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max which, in turn, adopt an easily removable glass back.
Repairing the rear window is now easier and much cheaper
This year, for these two new high-end iPhone models, Apple has completely revised the design of these devices. Both models firstly adopt a titanium structure, stronger and lighter than the stainless steel used until now. During the keynote, the Cupertino company did not hesitate to highlight the better repairability of this model. Thanks to this new frame, the rear window can be replaced more easily.
And that’s not the only advantage. Because the cost of repair on Pro models has also dropped, as can be seen on Apple’s support page dedicated to device repair. https://support.apple.com/fr-fr/iphone/repair
On the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, Apple charges 599 euros for rear glass repair. On the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, on the other hand, the bill turns out to be much less steep, since it will cost you 199 euros, a drop of 400 euros. However, if you purchased an AppleCare+ contract, it will only cost you around thirty euros.
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Laudable efforts, but still insufficient
A few weeks ago, when Apple was fiercely opposed to a bill on the right to repair in California, the firm suddenly turned around, now taking up the cause of said bill.
An essential change of position for Apple which has also served us with a sequence of greenwashing. And to praise the many efforts made, she did not hesitate to broadcast a rather awkward production. The Californian firm thus broadcast a video featuring a mature mother coming to question Apple employees, including Tim Cook, on the solutions envisaged to achieve carbon neutrality.
In the meantime, while the efforts made by Apple to facilitate the repair of its iPhones are laudable, they still remain insufficient. Because the price of repairs, although lower, still remains very dissuasive for ordinary people. On some older devices, the cost of certain repairs is such that it is almost more profitable to scrap them and buy new ones. A real aberration which, we hope, will one day be corrected by hook or by crook, with new laws.