A thorough disassembly of the iPhone 14 Pro Max from Apple was published today on the repair website iFixit, giving users a closer look at the gadget’s internals. Notably, the breakdown features a picture of the plastic spacer that the U.S. model’s SIM card tray replaced.
The four iPhone 14 variants available for purchase in the US are all digital eSIM-only devices and no longer feature a physical SIM card slot. The deconstruction indicates that Apple did not add any additional components or functionality to the interior area made available by removing the tray, but rather filled it with a square piece of plastic. All iPhone 14 versions sold outside of the United States still have a SIM card slot in this location.
iFixit revealed close-up pictures of the logic board for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is fitted with a speedier A16 Bionic chip and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem that offers both 5G and satellite connectivity, as seen in prior teardowns.
The Pro models do not have the same design improvements as the ordinary iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, which can be opened from the back and have a more repairable design with an easily replaceable display and rear glass panel. The iPhone 14 Pro Max does not have a detachable rear glass and continues to open from the front, according to the breakdown. The device’s internal layout is virtually the same as that of the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The lack of a detachable back glass on the iPhone 14 Pro versions increases the cost of repairs. For iPhone 14 Pro devices without AppleCare+, the cost to fix a shattered rear glass is four ninety-nine dollars to five forty-nine dollars, as opposed to sixty-nine dollars to one hundred ninety-nine dollars for normal iPhone 14 models.
This week, iFixit published a disassembly of the iPhone 14.