Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max teardown highlights Dynamic Island, larger rear-facing cameras and improved cooling
PBKreviews has disassembled the iPhone 14 Pro Max, one of two new iPhones with Apple's 'Dynamic Island' display. Perhaps predictably, the construction of this year's premier iPhone is much like its predecessors. Hence, Apple secures the large display with two tiny and proprietary screws, as well as a thick layer of adhesive that must be cut through before exposing the device's internals.
Thankfully, this method allows people to replace a broken display without disassembling the rest of the device, as is often the case with Android smartphones. Once inside, Apple provides immediate access to the battery, which has a 4,323 mAh capacity in the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Unfortunately, Apple continues to adhere its batteries with fragile adhesive pull tabs that tear under little pressure. As such, PBKreviews resorted to using isopropyl alcohol to aid the battery's removal.
Additionally, PBKreviews demonstrates that the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a substantial amount of graphite foil to maximise cooling, with some even placed over the device's mainboard. Separately, the 'Dynamic Island' only contains an IR camera, an IR projector and a front-facing camera, which may explain why it is approximately 30% smaller than the notch in last year's iPhone 13 series.
Conversely, the rear-facing camera housing is significantly larger, as leaks suggested. Sadly, Apple places all cameras on one unit. In other words, you must replace all cameras if one breaks. Overall, PBKreviews awarded the iPhone 14 Pro Max a 6.5/10 for repairability, with the disorganised arrangement of its parts and the time it takes to perform repairs the limiting factor in this regard.