The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, the higher-end iPhone models Apple launched last week as part of the iPhone 15 series, will support cheaper and easier rear glass replacement, according to the company’s support website. As the company changed the way it makes its two new smartphones, the cost of repairing rear panels has dropped significantly and is now on par with standard models of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 14 series of smartphones.

According to Apple’s own support website, the cost of replacing the rear glass panel of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be $169 (approximately Rs. 14,100) and $199 (approximately Rs. 16,600) respectively. This is much cheaper than the cost of repairing the back panel of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max – $499 (roughly Rs. 41,600) and $549 (roughly Rs. 45,750) respectively.

By changing the way the new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max bodies are made, Apple is making it easier to replace the back panels of the phones (pass 9 to 5). The glass panel on the back of the phone will be easier to remove than its predecessor. Customers with AppleCare+ coverage will be able to get the rear glass panel repaired for $29 (approximately Rs. 2,400).

Readers may recall that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus announced by the company at its “Far Out” event in September 2022 also featured easily removable glass panels. Chassis changes also appear to be coming to this year’s Pro model. Apple has equipped the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max with titanium casings instead of the stainless steel used on their predecessors.

Back in 2022, Apple allowed authorized technicians to repair TrueDepth cameras on phones going all the way back to the iPhone X without having to replace the entire smartphone. Apple’s Face ID biometric authentication system uses mechanisms including a flood illuminator, dot projector, front-facing camera, and infrared (IR) camera – it was previously impossible to repair the sensor array without replacing the entire device.


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