Are you pondering of shopping for the brand new iPhone 15 Pro? Have a look inside first. An unofficial teardown of the iPhone 15 Professional by PBKreviews is at the moment making the rounds. The ten-minute video reveals a modular disassembly of parts, which vibes with Apple’s guarantees of easier repairs. Nonetheless, this take a look at the relative repairability of the brand new iPhone does little to lift the latest deduction of its iFixit repairability score.
When you’ve ever tinkered with the within of a MacBook, the iPhone appears to be like comparable. The PBKnews video begins with eradicating the entrance show panel with a suction cup and spudger, a technique launched with final 12 months’s iPhone 14. Then we see the disconnection of energy and information cables, adopted by the brand new periscopic digicam system, affixed to the mainboard solely by three tiny Phillips screws. You additionally see the module housing the front-facing digicam system, battery, USB-C port—goodbye Lightning cables!—and the Taptic Engine.
PBKreviews gave the iPhone 15 Professional an total repairability rating of seven/10, which is first rate. The largest ding for the iPhone 15 was Apple’s basic stacking of the within parts. Taking them aside and placing them again collectively is doable, nevertheless it requires extra focus and explicit consideration to all these little screws you’re taking out. By comparability, PBKreviews gave final 12 months’s Pixel 7 Professional a 5.5/10. It acquired that ignominious rating due to its lack of distinctive elements availability and tedious battery substitute.
Talking of elements availability, the breakdown of the iPhone 15 Professional comes sizzling off the heels of iFixit retroactively dialing down the cellphone’s total repairability rating. iFixit lowered the rating from a seven to a 4 out of 10, citing “the fact” that people making an attempt to repair their iPhones reported many hurdles. “Most main repairs on fashionable iPhones require Apple approval,” writes iFixit. “It’s a must to purchase elements by their system, then have the restore validated through a chat system. In any other case, you’ll run into restricted or lacking performance, with a facet of annoying warnings.”
iFixit says that Apple’s elements pairing necessities additionally harm impartial restore outlets and their capacity to take care of a inventory of additional elements. Apple requires sending over a cellphone’s serial quantity or IMEI to get that half within the first place. iFixit claimed in an earlier blog that this follow “places an expiration date on iPhones.” The positioning has but to take aside the iPhone 15 and examine its insides. It’ll be fascinating to see if it involves the identical conclusions as PBKnews or if it can follow this new rating as a consequence of Apple’s elements pairing program.