The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus feature a more repair-friendly design with a removable back glass panel, allowing customers to more easily perform aftermarket modifications to the device. Already, someone has modified the iPhone 14 with a transparent back glass panel that reveals the various components inside the device.
The transparent back glass reveals the battery, wireless charging coil, logic board, taptic engine, interior of the Lightning connector, and more. The modified iPhone 14 also features a custom rear camera housing with a frosted finish.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are the first models to have an easily removable back glass since the iPhone 4S. It is likely that many colorful and transparent back glass panels will be exposed to hobbyists over time, such as in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S days. Back in 2011, someone even modified the iPhone 4 to show a glowing Apple logo on the back.
One potential obstacle to aftermarket mods is that Apple requires technicians to complete “system configuration” after replacing the back glass on the iPhone 14 model, according to internal documentation obtained by Apple. MacRumors, It is not yet clear what happens if this software calibration process is avoided – possibilities range from a simple non-genuine part warning in iOS to functionality such as wireless charging.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max do not have a removable back glass panel.