iPhone 14 Pro Max Teardown Reveals How Apple Wasted Physical SIM Tray Space

Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro models have wide variations compared to its predecessor. While the general design is more or less the same, Apple has introduced Dynamic Island and a new camera setup. In the United States, the company has opted to completely remove the SIM card tray in favor of eSIM functionality. Today, iFixit shared its teardown of the iPhone 14 Pro Max and revealed what replaced the SIM card tray. Scroll down to read more details about the disassembly.

Apple has removed the physical SIM card tray on iPhone 14 Pro Max in the United States and the teardown has a lot to say

Repair website iFixit has shared an in-depth teardown of Apple’s flagship iPhone 14 Pro Max, giving us a closer look at the inside. As mentioned before, all iPhone 14 models sold in the United States do not have the physical SIM card tray. The teardown confirms that Apple has filled the space of the physical SIM card tray with a small piece of plastic. This means that the company has not replaced the SIM card tray with anything new. In other parts of the world, the same place houses a drawer for physical SIM cards.

iPhone 14 Pro max Disassembly and SIM card

In addition, you can also see detailed images of the iPhone 14 Pro motherboard with Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chipset and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem for 5G and satellite connectivity. However, the teardown also shows that the repairability of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is different from that of their standard counterparts. This means that the iPhone 14 Pro Max opens at the front, unlike the standard iPhone 14 models. Furthermore, the ‘Pro’ models also do not have a removable glass on the back. All in all, the internals are arranged in a manner similar to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. You can watch the video below for more information.

Since the glass on the back is not removable, you will have to spend some extra money to repair the iPhone 14 Pro models. If you don’t have AppleCare+, Apple will charge you about $499 to $549 for the cracked back glass on the “Pro” models. The standard models, on the other hand, will be charged $169 to $199.

This is all there is to it, folks. What do you think of the iPhone 14 Pro Max teardown? Let us know in the comment section below.

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