Repair website iFixit today announced that it has retroactively lowered its iPhone 14 repairability score from 7/10 to 4/10 due to Apple’s post-repair parts pairing requirement, just over a year after the device launched.

When purchasing parts from Apple’s Self Service Repair Store, a customer must enter a device’s serial number or IMEI, and any parts ordered need to be paired with the same device after installation in order to function correctly. iFixit said lots of independent repair shops have business models that are threatened by this requirement.

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