with the iPhone 14 Just released, more details about Apple’s latest smartphone coming out every day.
One of the latest details to be revealed is that the . file iPhone 14 lineup Includes a removable glass back panel. This has been reported by Mac rumors (Opens in a new tab) in compilation Take Crunch (Opens in a new tab) And the cnet (Opens in a new tab)Reviews.
The good news is that this removable panel makes the iPhone 14 the first iPhone to unlock from the back in generations. This makes it very easy to replace that backplate – not that your wallet will necessarily know it.
Here’s the bad news: Replacing this glass panel can be very expensive. While iPhone 14 and . prices iPhone 14 Plus Relatively affordable ($169 and $199, respectively), iPhone 14 Pro And the iPhone 14 Pro Max incorrect.
The Pro model will set you back an estimated $499 for a back panel replacement, which is half the price of the phone itself. Same for the Pro Max, which costs $549 to fix only the rear glass panel.
AppleCare Plus is the only realistic way to fix your iPhone 14
As we recently covered, iPhone 14 repairs now cost more than ever. Battery replacement price has nearly doubled across the entire iPhone 14 lineup.
If you have the base iPhone 14 model, the sticker shock ends there. Rear camera and cracked front screen fixes remain the same on the base model iPhone 13. For users using other models, price increases are noticeable in almost every repair category. Not great news considering we’re already hearing about it Problems with the back cameras of iPhone 14.
Of course, you can also try to repair the phone yourself using Apple devices iPhone Self Service Repair groups. Well, except you can’t – at least not yet. owned by Apple Self Service Repair Shop (Opens in a new tab) You are not allowed to order replacement parts or kits for any of the new iPhone 14 lineup. So if you want to get your iPhone repaired, Apple is currently the only game in town that doesn’t risk voiding your warranty.
This is why if you are worried about damaging your iPhone 14 to the point where it needs repairs, you really need AppleCare Plus (Opens in a new tab). Considering that a two-year AppleCare Plus plan costs $269 for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max ($50 less if you give up the theft coverage), you’re likely to come close to breaking the tie—if not saving money—on everything but replacement. the battery.
Especially if you are worried about cracking the glass on your phone. That rear glass panel we mentioned earlier? That only costs $29 with AppleCare Plus on any iPhone 14. So if you have an iPhone 14 Pro Max, you’ll spend over $300 with AppleCare Plus to fix that back panel, even when you include the cost of your two-year AppleCare Plus subscription. At this point, the math is simple: You just need to get an AppleCare Plus plan and save yourself — and your wallet.
Also, be sure to check out our best iPhone 14 cases and the best iPhone 14 Pro Max cases so far.