Modifying the Apple Silicone case (12.9) for gen 2

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  1. JohnCrichton macrumors member

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    IMG_6878.JPG IMG_0398.JPG Hi everyone!
    Just wanted to share my adventure of modifying the Apple Silicone case for the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. Used to own gen 1 of the iPad Pro 12.9 inch, but switched to gen 2 since I wanted 4G. Unfortunately the Apple Sillicone back cover didn't fit it perfectly. The bigger camera created like a "tent" and wouldn't allow the case to fully snap on. It also covered the flash. That bothered me a lot!

    Today I bought a heavy duty hole punch set and punched though 2 new holes! For the camera (which is approximately 0.9 mm in diameter) I used a hole punch witha diameter of 1.2 mm. For the flash (that is 0.4 in diameter and approximately) I used a hole punch with 0.8 mm in diameter. Between the center of the camera and the flash there is about 0.7mm. After punching through the holes I used a regular nail file to smoothen out the area in between.

    It worked out pretty well! Even though the holes aren't perfectly lined up, the camera and the flash work perfectly! No issues with the flash! And the plastic and the lining inside of the case held up pretty well!

    Good luck to all of you modders!
    /JC
     
  2. cakebytheocean, Jul 8, 2017
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    cakebytheocean macrumors member

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    I have been thinking about doing something like this as well. What did you do for the microphone holes located on the top middle section?
     
  3. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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    And what about the 10th speaker hole? Do u care?
     
  4. JohnCrichton thread starter macrumors member

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    Nothing, microphones working just fine when FaceTiming!
    --- Post Merged, Jul 9, 2017 ---
    Not at all, sound is clear and loud
     
  5. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    My old 12.9 rear case finally split at the corner, so no mod I guess.
     
  6. zea macrumors member

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    Thanks for sharing. I'm considering doing the same thing as a temporary solution. Did the case fit without your modification? I know it'll cover up back camera, but because there's a bump now, I'm just wondering if it is still able to fit. As a temporary solution for me, I wouldn't mind not using the back camera for a while until I find a better solution.
     
  7. JohnCrichton thread starter macrumors member

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    It fits just fine, and you CAN use the camera but NOT the flash!
     
  8. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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    Aside from flash camera isn’t obstructed at all by case?

    Ordered a good shape one for 35 off eBay for gen 2

    Debating modding it or just dealing with no flash if that’s main compromise and mics which is a non issue mostly
     
  9. JohnCrichton thread starter macrumors member

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    Not at all! U can use it unmodded, no probs!
     
  10. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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    Awesome now I'm more pumped

    Probably won't bother modding it for a while if ever. I can almost guarantee I wouldn't do the cleanest camera cut out anyways
     
  11. JohnCrichton thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah would have been great if I knew a "handy" type of person... but hey it turned out ok! =) Enjoy your case!
     

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