The iPhone 14 series is about to ship to early buyers (three out of four go on sale tomorrow), and while they don’t look too different on the outside, there are some significant changes on the inside. This teardown video of PBKreviews offers a glimpse of the inside of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The good news is that the phone is relatively easy to repair, at least some components. Since this is a US model, there is no card tray for a physical SIM card. This means that the display is the first thing to come off the phone.
There is a metal plate that keeps the various cables firmly on the two-layer motherboard and also acts as a heat spreader. After that, one can start disconnecting the screen and also the battery (the battery is marked 16.93Wh by the way). So these two common repairs are easy to do, but that doesn’t mean they’re cheap.
To get to the cameras, a few more components have to be excavated. One interesting thing that comes out of the video is that it looks like the new front camera has OIS (you can see it at the 3:40 mark). Apple added autofocus for the first time, but made no mention of optical stabilization, the official specs only say “Auto Image Stabilization”. This is something worth investigating.
The screen and battery come off easily enough • The satellite module?
Another interesting development is a mysterious new component – it’s supposedly part of the new SOS-over-satellite functionality and it takes up quite a bit of space on the motherboard. Since the iPhone 14 Pro Max is basically the same size as the 13 Pro Max, Apple had to do a lot of work to get everything to fit.