Apple has significantly lowered the back glass replacement fee for the iPhone 15 Pro lineup. The new iPhones feature redesigned internals to facilitate easier repairability.
This is likely the reason behind their lower back glass replacement fees.
iPhone 15 Pro’s rear glass replacement is less expensive
Apple first switched to a more repair-friendly internal design with the iPhone 14 in 2022. iFixit called 2022’s iPhone 14 the “most repairable iPhone in years.” Apple appears to have made the same improvements to the iPhone 15 Pro lineup this year.
The company also highlighted this change while unveiling the iPhone 15 Pro during its ‘Wonderlust’ event. Thanks to the underlying chassis improvements, replacing the iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max’s broken rear glass is a lot cheaper than previous iPhones.
In the US, Apple charges $169 for replacing the iPhone 15 Pro’s rear glass. For the Pro Max, the price jumps to $199. This is considerably lower than the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max’s rear glass replacement, which costs $499 and $549, respectively. If you have AppleCare+, the service fee for back glass replacement remains unchanged at $29.
The lower prices are only applicable for rear glass panel replacement. The company still charges a whopping $329 for a cracked screen replacement for the iPhone 15 Pro and $379 for the Pro Max.
Apple focusing on more repair-friendly designs?
Apple previously replaced the entire device or the chassis for a broken rear glass replacement, explaining the high fees. The new internal structure allows the company to replace only the back glass, making the new iPhones much more repair-friendly.
Interestingly, Apple recently backed California’s Right to Repair bill in a significant U-turn, though with certain stipulations. Could Apple be focusing on making its devices more repair-friendly for the environment?