The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have a more repair-friendly design with a removable back glass panel that allows customers to more easily make aftermarket changes to the device. Already, someone has modified an iPhone 14 with a transparent glass panel on the back that reveals various components inside the device.
The transparent back glass reveals the battery, wireless charging coil, logic board, Taptic Engine, inside of the Lightning connector and more. The modded iPhone 14 even has a custom rear camera housing with a frosted finish.
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are the first models with an easily removable back glass since the iPhone 4S. It’s likely that many colorful and transparent glass back panels will appear for hobbyists over time, just like in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S days. Back in 2011, someone even modded the iPhone 4 to have a glowing Apple logo on the back.
A potential obstacle to aftermarket mods is that Apple requires technicians to complete “System Configuration” after replacing the back glass on iPhone 14 models, according to internal documentation obtained by MacRumors. It is not yet clear what happens if this software calibration process is avoided – the options could range from a simple warning about non-genuine parts in iOS to functionality such as wireless charging that is affected.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max do not have a removable back glass panel.
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