iPhone 3G back plastic broke off? What is this orange?

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  1. Yoshi Yogurt macrumors regular

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    Yea so this iphone has been through hell and back has obviously broken off and I'm just wondering what the orange is under the charger...
     
  2. verwon, Oct 3, 2013
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  3. Yoshi Yogurt thread starter macrumors regular

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    No it can't be, there is more black plastic under it. I'm thinking it's a sheet of orange between 2 pieces of black plastic that make up the entire back. Maybe a heat spreader of some sort?
     
  4. verwon macrumors 68030

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    Everything is shown in that tear down I linked to on ifixit, check it out and I'm sure you'll figure out what it is.
     
  5. g4manimac macrumors 6502

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    Its what I believe to be an antenna in a flex material that was popular for the time period,the same flex configuration also carries the microphone and supplies power to the speakers along with being part of a pre assembled assembly that also acts as the charge/sync port.I actually purchased one on ebay just yesterday to repair a co workers phone.
     
  6. Yoshi Yogurt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well that teardown thing is incredibly unhelpful. It's got to be the EMI shield. So it should be fine if it breaks or gets scratched up
     
  7. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Are you asking for confirmation of this? Because you're not gonna get it here. :)
     
  8. Yoshi Yogurt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why can't I get confirmation here?
     
  9. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Because I (like most people here) didn't tear ours up or tear them apart. All I can get you are links. I watched a quick teardown video and there was nothing in the phone like that. Was it previously repaired?
     
  10. j.dstasio macrumors 6502

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    It is an antenna. It's attached to the backside of the speaker/ dock connector assembly.
     
  11. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    Wow. Still rocking a 3G! Maybe that's a sign to upgrade! ;)
     
  12. imhereareyou macrumors regular

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    I agree with ^ looks like your phone wants you to get the new one. ha. It's a world of difference. It's like having a dial up modem...
     
  13. Yoshi Yogurt thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm hoping to get a 4S from a friend once he upgrades. This 3G was bought about 15 months ago from a friend for $40 with the box, charger, headphones and all paper work. The back near the dock was cracked when I got and that piece just broke off.

    This phone is beat up as hell, but I only use it to text, call, and use the ipod function. It plays monopoly and a few other old games on ios4 so theres that.

    Internet works decently on wifi in times of desperation(I have no data plan.)
     
  14. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Crack that sucker open!
    You just won yourself a chocolate factory!
     
  15. g4manimac macrumors 6502

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    Many iphones of that era cracked right there,here is a pic of one that I purchased today,and also a picture of the one I said I ordered for a friend of mine to fix his mic.
     
  16. g4manimac macrumors 6502

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    Sorry didnt upload first time.
     

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  17. Yoshi Yogurt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Would the iphone lose signal if this antenna were to break off or be cut/knicked in anyway?

    I need this thing to last till January, not going back to my slide phone lol
     
  18. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Well, it is the PRIMARY antenna of the phone ;)

    I say put some gorilla tape on the back or a cover which are cheap for the 3G
     

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