Is the iPhone 5 back plate going to be replaceable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by unagimiyagi, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I have a feeling that the answer is no. But with the iPhone 4 I was worried about scratching the glass back. Then I realized that it's not gorilla glass and not nearly as high a caliber as the front glass.

    So on ebay they are selling the entire backplate for < $10 shipped. No biggie, that costs less than an invisible shield or other skins. So I quit caring about scratches and cracks.

    But the iPHone 5 back plate is a unibody aluminum, right? So you can't replace it. And worse, Aluminum doesn't crack but it surely will dent like a tin can like many macbook pros do. Has anyone learned this to be true the hard way?
     
  2. ri0ku macrumors 6502a

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    I am confused, the title you made says can we replace the backplate and in your same post you clearly state you can't and that its not a back plate :S answering both questions.
     
  3. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    Still looking for the question. I guess there isn't one. There is no back plate to replace anyway...
     
  4. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    Do you think the back plate of the iPhone 5, which isn't really a plate can be replaced, like the iPhone 4 back plate which was a plate could be replaced? Or do you think that because the back plate of the iPhone 5 is not really a plate that it cannot be replaced like the back plate of the IPhone4 which was actually a plate?
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No, it's a unibody construction so the entire iPhone will need to be swapped out for $229 in case it's damaged.
     
  6. UCF Sam macrumors regular

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    It's a true unibody design so its not really practical to replace. It's not simply a back plate, more like a shell that holds everything. You'd essentially have to remove all components and transfer them to the new one.

    Possible? Yes, but probably about 2 hours work and $150 for parts. If my black/slate iPhone is in horrible shape in a couple years, I'll probably try to switch out the "back" for one from a white/silver phone... That could be an interesting look.
     
  7. MuddyPaws1 macrumors 6502

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    We found out the hard way that it can and does dent quite easily. Man the wife is hard on phones.
     

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