Apple has recently announced its new iPhone 15 lineup, which includes the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. These models feature a new titanium frame, a redesigned internal chassis, and a removable back glass panel. This change has made the repair of cracked back glass easier and cheaper for customers without AppleCare+ coverage.
Removable Back Glass Reduces Repair Fees
According to Apple’s support website, the repair fees for iPhone 15 Pro models with back glass damage are significantly lower than those for iPhone 14 Pro models. The iPhone 15 Pro costs $169 to repair, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max costs $199. By comparison, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max cost $499 and $549 respectively to repair.
This is because the iPhone 15 Pro models have a similar internal design to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, which also have a removable back glass panel. This allows the back glass to be easily replaced without affecting the rest of the device. The iPhone 14 Pro models, on the other hand, have a more complicated internal structure that requires opening the device from the display side.
For customers with AppleCare+ coverage, the repair fee for back glass damage remains $29 for all iPhone models.
Benefits of Removable Back Glass
The removable back glass feature has several benefits for customers and the environment. It reduces the cost and time of repairing a cracked back glass, which is one of the most common damages that occur to iPhones. It also reduces the amount of electronic waste that is generated by replacing the whole device instead of just the back glass.
Apple has recently expressed its support for the Right to Repair Act bill in California, which aims to ensure that manufacturers provide parts and tools necessary for customers and third-party repair providers to fix products. Making devices more repairable is a step towards fulfilling Apple’s environmental goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Other Repair Fees for iPhone 15 Models
Apple has also updated its website with other repair fees for the iPhone 15 models. The battery replacement fee is set at $99 for all four models, which is unchanged from the iPhone 14 series. The screen replacement fee ranges from $149 to $329 depending on the model and whether it has AppleCare+ coverage or not.
The repair fee for other damage, such as water damage or logic board failure, ranges from $299 to $599 depending on the model and whether it has AppleCare+ coverage or not.
You can find more details about repairs on Apple’s website.