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iFixit introduces a $30 transparent back panel for the GSM iPhone 4, pure plastic

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iFixit introduces a $30 transparent back panel for the GSM iPhone 4, pure plastic
If you are one of those folks who get fascinated by the inner workings of your gadgetry, you have no doubt been following the disassembling exercises of iFixit with the iPhone 4 and other gizmos.

Now the site has taken the efforts to their logical extension. iFixit introduced a completely transparent back panel for the iPhone 4, made of plastic, which allows you to show the world the marvels of mobile device engineering inside Cupertino's finest every time you lift the phone.

There is a step-by-step guide for replacing the panel, which basically consists of removing the two Pentalobe screws by the dock connector, and pushing the back panel up so you can safely pry it off, and insert the clear panel in its place:

iFixit introduces a $30 transparent back panel for the GSM iPhone 4, pure plastic
iFixit introduces a $30 transparent back panel for the GSM iPhone 4, pure plastic
iFixit introduces a $30 transparent back panel for the GSM iPhone 4, pure plastic

An added bonus of the $29.95 transparent back panel is that it is plastic-fantastic, so you wouldn't care about scratching it too much. If you want everyone to see your iPhone 4's guts, you are obviously not into all that boutique design nonsense in the first place. For now iFixit only offers the transparent rear panel for the GSM version of the iPhone 4, since the Verizon one has differences in design, and there's no word if/when it will be offered for the CDMA iPhone 4.

source: iFixit via Electronista

iFixit introduces a $30 transparent back panel for the GSM iPhone 4, pure plastic
iFixit introduces a $30 transparent back panel for the GSM iPhone 4, pure plastic

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posted on 26 Apr 2011, 06:53

1. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


Or you can get one for less than $10USD, shipping included, and actually made out of glass from dealextreme:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/replacement-electroplate-tempered-glass-battery-back-cover-case-for-app le-iphone-4-pink-59179

Un/fortunately only available in hot pink for your fashion needs.

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 08:25 2

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4408; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Why would you want to do that to a sweet looking phone? I guess whatever floats your boat. That is why the iPhone 4 looks cool because it's glass not plastic. I guess there are people out there who would draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa also!

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 09:01

3. applesauce (unregistered)


This seems like an improvement: one less thing to crack/shatter, and probably feels better in your hand - the sharp edges of the 4 bug me to no end - is probably lighter, and smudges less. Granted if one uses a case on the phone, the point is moot

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 19:08

4. kcombs (Posts: 254; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


spend $29.95 to void your warranty... no thanks!

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