Apple Updates iPhone 14 Pro Repair Process to Reduce Electronic Waste
1.Apple’s Updated Repair Process for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max:
Apple has reportedly updated its repair process for its high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models, which could make it easier to fix issues with Face ID, the company’s biometric unlocking mechanism for smartphones, and the selfie camera. According to a report, while the process of repairing these phones typically involves replacing the smartphone, authorised Apple service centres and Apple Stores can now resolve these issues by repairing the same unit.
2.Internal Memo Announces Improved Repair Process:
A 9to5Mac report stated that Apple has announced via an internal memo that Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Service Providers will be able to fix issues with the selfie (or True Depth) camera as well as the Face ID sensor on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max without having to replace the smartphone itself. This announcement is expected to result in reduced electronic waste as part of the repair process.
3.Unclear Whether the Improved Repair Process Applies to All Markets:
It is currently unclear whether the changes to repairing the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max phones applies to all markets, and whether (or when) it will become the norm. Meanwhile, the report states that iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus owners will have to wait for a while until same-unit repairs are supported on these handsets. Gadgets 360 has reached out to Apple for comment on whether the improved repair process applies to iPhone 14 Pro models in the country and will update this article when the company responds.
4.Reducing Electronic Waste Through Same-Unit Repairs:
Apple’s improved repair process is expected to reduce electronic waste as part of the repair process. In recent years, the tech giant has faced criticism for its lack of repairability and for encouraging consumers to buy new devices instead of repairing their existing ones. By allowing same-unit repairs for its high-end models, Apple is taking a step towards reducing electronic waste and making its devices more sustainable.
5.Expanding Face ID Repair Programme:
Last year, it was reported that Apple had expanded its Face ID repair programme, allowing for repairs without replacing the entire device, to the iPhone X. The firm had previously initiated the programme for the iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 models. This move was seen as a positive step towards reducing electronic waste and improving the repairability of Apple’s devices.
Apple’s updated repair process for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models is a positive step towards reducing electronic waste and making its devices more sustainable. It is unclear whether the improved repair process will become the norm and apply to all markets. However, this move is in line with Apple’s recent efforts to improve the repairability of its devices, including expanding its Face ID repair programme.