The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have an easier-to-repair design with a removable back glass panel, allowing customers to more easily modify the device in the aftermarket. Someone has already modified an iPhone 14 with a clear glass back panel that reveals various components inside the device.


The transparent rear glass reveals the battery, wireless charging coil, logic board, Taptic motor, the inside of the Lightning connector, and more. The modified iPhone 14 even has a custom rear camera cover with a matte finish.

A photo of the modified iPhone 14 was shared today by a bit Twitter accountsbut we still have to point to the original source.

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are the first models to feature an easily removable rear window since the iPhone 4S. It is likely that there will be a lot of colorful and transparent hobby glass rear panels over time, just like in the days of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. In 2011, someone even modified the iPhone 4 to have a glowing Apple logo on the back.

A potential stumbling block to aftermarket mods is that Apple requires technicians to perform a “System Setup” after rear window replacement on iPhone 14 models, according to internal documentation obtained by MacGossip. It’s not yet clear what will happen if this software calibration process is avoided – possibilities can range from a simple warning about a non-genuine part in iOS to features like the impact on wireless charging.

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max do not have a removable rear glass panel.

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