The first iPhone 14 units ship today, but one YouTuber has already posted a teardown (and reassembly) of the most expensive member of the lineup.
In fact, PBKreviews published the video on Thursday and it has already accumulated more than 150,000 views. This despite the teardown revealing relatively few surprises inside the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The most interesting revelation may be the lack of change in a specific area. The teardown features the US version of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which means there is no SIM tray, but the space freed up by this absence contains what appears to be plastic padding rather than any additional components.
The original version of the video claimed that the space contained a satellite module. But this claim was removed in a later edit after viewer feedback. You can see more discussion of “padding” in a Reddit thread about the video. Apple will likely phase out physical SIM trays altogether at some point in the near future, but as long as it’s making two versions (eSIM only in the US and physical SIM everywhere else), logistically it makes a lot more sense to keep them. as similar as possible.
There are a few changes worth checking out in the teardown, like the repositioning of the TrueDepth camera to match the pill cutout in Dynamic Island, and the appearance of a metal plate to dissipate heat. And the details of the new camera setup are interesting and informative. But most viewers are likely to remember what hasn’t changed more than what has.