Customers can more readily install aftermarket modifications to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus thanks to their more repair-friendly design and detachable back glass panel. Someone has already modified an iPhone 14 to have a transparent back glass panel that shows the device’s internal components.
The battery, wireless charging coil, logic board, Taptic Engine, internal side of the Lightning connector, and other components are all visible through the transparent back glass. Even the rear camera housing on the modified iPhone 14 is unique and has a frosted appearance.
Several Twitter accounts today released a picture of the modified iPhone 14, although the source of the image is still unknown.
Since the iPhone 4S, only the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have had a back glass that is easily removable. Like with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it’s likely that a variety of vibrant and transparent rear glass panels will become available for hobbyists over time. Even the iPhone 4 had its back modified in 2011 so that it had a luminous Apple logo.
According to internal documents obtained for a report, Apple mandates that technicians complete “System Configuration” after replacing the back glass on iPhone 14 models, which could present a challenge for aftermarket modifications. It’s not yet known what will occur if this software calibration step is skipped; potential outcomes could range from a straightforward non-genuine part notice in iOS to a reduced ability to use features like wireless charging.
The back glass panel of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is not detachable.