Released September 25, 2015. Model A1688/A1633. Repair of this device is similar to previous generations, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 64, or 128 GB / Silver, Gold, Space Gray, or Rose Gold options.

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Is rear mic replaceable?

Just heard back from an authorized Apple technician and he also agreed with what the geniusbar guys told me: an issue in the rear mic is a whole unit replacement i.e. £287

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It is replaceable. The rear mic is located on the power/volume flex cable. The repair is a bit of a pain but take it slow, stay organized and you will be fine.

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Thanks for the quick reply.

Any idea why Apple refuses to replace it?

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Apple makes no money and doesn't want to service your device. Their goal is to sell. I've had Apple tell my customers that the headphone jack on an iPhone 6 is soldered onto the logic board, totally false. I can type all day with examples of what Apple has told their customers that simply aren't true.

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