Fix iPhone 5 scratches with a $99 back plate replacement

Fix iPhone 5 scratches with a $99 back plate replacement
Sooner or later, your iPhone 5 will get covered in dents and nicks, especially now that its body is made out of easy-to-scratch aluminum. Sure, in case your unit was damaged out of the box, Apple will send you a replacement, but in case you caused the dents yourself by accident, you will be left holding on to an imperfect piece of high-end gadgetry.

But wait, iPhone5Mod comes to the rescue with its replacement aluminum iPhone 5 panels. In fact, the replacements being offered are the iPhone 5 panels Apple uses for its smartphone, not an imitation, according to the seller. Perhaps that is why the part is priced quite high, at $99 apiece.

Of course, attempting to replace the damaged back plate of your iPhone 5 is no easy task. Therefore, it is advisable to seek professional assistance with the process, unless you are confident you have the necessary skills and equipment. Oh, and it goes without saying that doing so will void your warranty, so keep that in mind also.

source: iPhone5Mod via 9 to 5 Mac

Fix iPhone 5 scratches with a $99 back plate replacement
Fix iPhone 5 scratches with a $99 back plate replacement
Fix iPhone 5 scratches with a $99 back plate replacement

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

aw hell nooo

15. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

are you tellin me that this piece of junk got a $100 dollars costlier? You've got to be friggin kiddin me

17. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

now i know how they are earning the extra $$$. make ths iphone 5 easily scratched and ask customer to pay $100 for them to repair it to get scratched again its a never ending cycle

39. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

So that's why the drones like to say "urrduurrrr you dont like apple cuz u cant afford it lolduh". Now it makes sense! Us "apple haters" can easily afford the phones, we're just not stupid enough to pay for constant repairs on apples fragile poorly made novelties.

61. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Of course, the iP5 owners could invest in a case.... Good cases (Otterbox for example) run around $40 US and provide protection from the type of damage that dings/scratches the backplate. I was at a post office recently, and someone in line dropped their iP5. You could see (and hear) the phone skittering along the floor until it came to a stop. The look of pain on the owner's face was palpable as they went to retrieve their phone. When they picked up their phone, the pain changed to joy as the phone was working perfectly and any scratches were to the case the phone was sitting in. Note to iP5 owners and prospective owners - get a case! Actually that applies to any phone owner. I have an Otterbox on my GS III.


Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

otterbox commuter series for my gs3 :)

66. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That (Commuter) is the case I have on my GS III. (Thumbup)

65. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Most dron-I mean iphone owners I sell to do not want a good case. They want pretty and....."fun"....cases that offer minimal to no protection, or no case at all because it "detracts from the natural beauty of the iphone" (that's an actual word for word quote).

67. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And those owners who feel that a case detracts from the 'natural beauty' of the phone should not complain when their phones' natural beauty gets scratched.... You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

48. metalpoet unregistered


55. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

This actually did make me laugh...thanks. Good thing PA posted a review already. If not....they may have had to actually take build quality into account. Durability? worked for the 15 minutes the reviewer used it...scratch free. Good enough!

62. dnyalexander

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

That's what irobots like, getting ripped off. Every iphone user spend thousands to repair their iphones, apple do this on purpose because they know itards will buy s**t if apple tell them is healthy.

2. e.wvu unregistered

Spend $99 to get the back replaced, then having to spend another $99 to get the replacement replaced.

22. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

evenlty end up saling the house to keep the ip5 back scratch free :D

29. haywoodjiblowmi

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 19, 2012 must live in a wooden box or a mud-hut or something. :D

59. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this explains ur brain level enough said :P

49. metalpoet unregistered

Thats the plan for Apple Inc. Lets take everything from our consumers, lets take away choice of phone, take away choice of OS, and lets make them sell everything they own to have this stupid phone just because it is a status symbol lol

54. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Nobody's forcing you to buy an iPhone nor to replace anything. Non sense comments.!

60. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

and yes 100$ for a back cover are u by any chance thinking it is ok to price a piece of aluminium that high lets compare with something other then mobile.. ahh i can get top of the line gaming grade mouse headphones under 100$ which is more then which are much more then a pice of metal Apple really got over their heads with this one now

58. devildlm1

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

yo dawg, i heard you scratched your iPhone 5 metal frame again so i got you this replacement for your replacement so you can make your iPhone scratch free while you make it scratch free

3. iamfury

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

was that THE plan all along ??? at first sell them a an imperfect phone at a price touching the pluto and then make money by offering replacements for those imperfections with a newer ones. i mean........... :S

12. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Isn't that why they encased a previous model entirely in glass?

34. iamfury

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

well it seems like it, specially after this particular offering.


Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sure another way for Apple to make money........thieves. Till now customers over the whole world paid a total amount of 5.9 billion.....yes billion and not million for their iphone reparations. So overall the iphone is a crappy phone!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What a rip off, dosen't cost them 5$ to make and then charge you 99$. No wonder they are called i$???¶

27. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I don't see how you could make this for $5. Casting, machining, inserts, injection molding, anodizing(?), and then the scrap cost from pieces that don't make it into assemblies. If it costs $10-20 and they're marking it up 500-1000% it's not an unusual business practice for service parts. It still doesn't excuse them from designing a crumby part in the first place...

50. metalpoet unregistered

It only costs them $5 because its made in china, mexico, or india. and $5 in those places is alot more. Plus i swear they pay people their in beatings....."you made a replacement replacement piece for the peice we originally made! great job! now here is your daily whipping!"

6. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Another one of those "Fix an iphone fault by spending xx amount of money" on something to fix it,much like the by a bumper case fiasco with the iphone 4.

7. vignesh_viggs

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

This is what is called "Waste of money"

23. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Actually, no it's not. Scratches affect all kinds of things from call quality to data speeds and even GPS accuracy. Apps run slower, you end up with less memory, it makes your phone prone to hackers, and in Angry birds the pigs take on an odd shade of green and the yellow birds don't fly as fast or straight. Man, if you're iPhone is scratched you've just GOT to get that back panel replaced.

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