iPhone 4 custom back glass replacements?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HXGuy, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    The iFixit tear down of the iPhone 4 showed that the back of the phone is very easy to remove, just two screws and it comes off.

    Do you guys think that companies will start releasing custom backs with graphics or maybe even made of different material (carbon fiber?).
  2. maturola macrumors 68040


    Oct 29, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Yes i cannot find the link right now, but my friend showed it to me last night, one company it is already offering it
  3. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati OH
    Post up the link if you find it...that sounds cool.
  4. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    Here is something I saw on Gizmodo which is the concept Im talking about...though this is some exotic African wood and it costs $3000.

  5. Nckcard macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    In addition to the fancy wood, the apple logo on that is made out of gold.
  6. BadMoon macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
    This is why I'm going naked. No bumper no ugly film. If I scratch it bad enough (and I'm very careful anyways) to the point where it bothers me I will just buy new backs. This is going to be fun seeing what companies come up with. I think I may go with a white back that doesn't show as much if it does happen to get scratched a bit.
  7. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
  8. Moorevfr macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Please link after market backs

    Please link if you come across a site selling backing, wouldn't mind for future use. Unfortunatly I've already got a couple of scratches on the back of my ip4 :( and that's thanks to a case I had bought to stop it from scratching not cause it.
  9. pirateRACE macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2010
    I'm not sure I'd replace the back plate with a 3rd party part, but I sure would like to know where to buy a white OEM iPhone 4 back glass!!
  10. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    I'm looking forward to some creative replacement backs.

    • Leatherette version like BB Bold.
    • With lens cover / conversion lens attachement.
    • Custom illustration laser engraved.
    • Larger battery integrated.

  11. koilvr macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2010
    Knoxville, TN
    I guess makes sense why apple did not put in gorilla glass like the front. Easy to replace and make it look cool. Now I can go naked except for IS film, no more worries
  12. Dsking85 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    Why not? any half ass company can make a rectangular piece to OEM specifications.
  13. JonBorichef macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2010
    Roseville, CA
    Wow... thats quite expensive... but cool. :cool:
  14. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    Here's an iPhone 4 OEM parts store, but no back covers unfortunately.

    And here's the back plate, but for $170.
  15. agallowa macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    Citrus Heights, CA
    im hoping for this sooner than later too. its only a matter of time before a good priced peice comes out for the back since its so easy to swich out like you said. im wanting a white back like alot of people are i think. a white back and all black from would look amazing. keeping fingers crossed for that piece soon so i can pick it up. :D
  16. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    Leica offers Sapphire Crystal LCD cover glass as retrofitting upgrade (about $1k ).

    Maybe someone will start selling sapphire crystal back for iPhone 4, only for rich people dropping $7k for Leica M9 and shooting bunch of "test shots" exclusively. :D
  17. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    I'd be interested in replacing the back of my iPhone 4 with something a little more durable, or at the very least, different. If anyone hears of anything (in the <$70 price range) please post here!
  18. Mikey86uk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2010
    does this effect your warrenty?

    In the UK we get 12months as standard, so if i was to do this, will that invalidate my warrenty?
  19. peteisanidiot macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    i'm a little confused. http://chinaontrade.com/iphone-4-spare-parts-c-106.html is for the back panel only and substantially less expensive than a replacement with the plate. notice no lens and flash covers, though. i'm guessing it would be quite invasive to replace this part and not just swap the entire plate out?
  20. Dsking85 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    yes but you would just replace the back with the original one before having it looked at and they would never know.
  21. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    $120 is a bit hard to swallow, just for the glass.. $30, 40, or $50 is a much more attractive price. Unless others offer a better deal, I guess I will still have to use some sort of a case to protect it when I finally get the iP4.
  22. JoJoCal19 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    Jacksonville, FL
    I absolutely want a wood back plate. Something like that African wood or a nice mahogany or even bamboo. I actually think the market for this will take off. Im quite pleased with the decision to make the back easy to remove.
  23. mgmusicman94 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2008

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