Last year, iFixit gave the iPhone 14 a 7/10 repairability rating due to its updated internal design allowing for easier repairs. Despite the updated internal design, Apple continued its policy of part-pairing which imposes software limitations if the repair parts are not approved by Apple and this prompted iFxit to retroactively lower the iPhone 14’s repairability score to а 4/10.
The new do-not-recommend rating comes after iFixit reassessed the degree of difficulty in completing most major repairs – like cracked screens and backs. One of the more head-shaking examples is that a replacement glass panel would require software validation from Apple. Users with non-validated parts would receive pop-ups saying their iPhone is using non-genuine parts or would lose some core functions depending on the replaced part.
Apple’s ‘genuine’ parts warning messages
The iFixit team also mentions how independent repair shops part of the Independent Repair Provider program are forced by Apple to send customers’ personal information and have to agree to five years of audits if they want to continue doing Apple-approved repairs. Apple has not responded to feedback over these software-locked repairs.