As Apple has made smaller and thinner devices over the past several years, the company is well known for making those devices harder or more expensive to repair, especially since it moved to glass backs on its iPhones starting with the iPhone 8 in 2017.
All of that started to change last year starting with the standard iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models, which currently feature a more repairable design that allows the smartphone to be opened either from the front or the back. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro did not see that change in its design. However, during the event yesterday, the company announced that the iPhone 15 Pro would also follow suit.
This will be a huge win for customers who are accidental-prone, especially with the possibility of lower out-of-warranty repair fees. Back when the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro were introduced, the out-of-warranty repair fees for a broken glass back on the standard iPhone 14 model ranged from $169 to $199, compared to $499 to $549 for the iPhone 14 Pro models. We’ll certainly see what the repair fees will be for all of the iPhone 15 models when they become available starting September 22. This is another huge step for right-to-repair, especially since Apple started its own self-servicing program for several of its products.