Apple recently did an about-face and started supporting Right To Repair laws. It has also done a lot to make its iPhones easier to repair – last year the iPhone 14 got a 7/10 repairability score, largely thanks to the new design that made the rear glass panel easier to replace. This design has now been adapted to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
This has very real benefits for consumers – changing a cracked rear glass panel went from insanely expensive to just regular expensive. Seriously, this repair for an iPhone 14 Pro Max costs $550! For a 15 Pro Max it is a far more reasonable $200. Here is a more detailed breakdown:
|Cost to replace the rear glass panel|
|iPhone 14||$170||iPhone 15||$170|
|iPhone 14 Plus||$200||iPhone 15 Plus||$200|
|iPhone 14 Pro||$500||iPhone 15 Pro||$170|
|iPhone 14 Pro Max||$550||iPhone 15 Pro Max||$200|
Note that these prices are for consumers that are not signed up for AppleCare+ (those that are will pay just $30, in addition to the subscription price).
It’s not all good, though, replacing the batteries on the new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 is now more expensive – it costs $100, up from $80 for previous models in the series. Replacing the battery on the iPhone 15 series costs the same $100 as before, though.
For more on how much it costs to repair components on Apple devices, check out the support page.