Removing iphone 4 cameras

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by loyrun, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. loyrun macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2010
    I have pre-ordered the iphone 4 32GB. Since I work for an R&D company the security clearances require no cameras on the premises.

    I can get the iphone approved if the cameras are removed or the lens cracked a dab of epoxy is placed overtop basically so the camera is rendered useless.

    A couple questions about this.

    1. Will this void my warranty, on the camera I would assume, but if the screen or hard drive fail later?
    2. would this void a square trade warranty? I don't really care wither way as it needs to happen, just wondering what I'm going to be getting into.
    3. Can I have this done by an apple tech or an authorized repair? (I'm willing to pay)
    4. how hard would this be to do myself?

    disguising is not an option, basically the camera needs to be disabled. I never use a phone camera (or any camera) anyway so no skin off my back. I work long hours and want to use it as an ipod at my desk, and it would be nice to have unfiltered internet/email at lunch(no wifi available).

    Thanks for all the help, I have searched for quite awhile without much luck, the only threads I found are quite old, without much response.
  2. dissdnt macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    ...dogs barking can't fly without an umbrella.
  3. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    #3 seems like it would be your only option (if they would even do it). Any others would void your warranty. But you knowingly purchased a phone that you knew you couldn't take to work? Since that's where one spends most their time I would have gotten a dumbphone and an iPod touch.
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    if your firm i buying and administering it then they can disable the camera via software (see apple's enterprise deployment guide)

    But you aren't going to get a hardware mod. I mean, for all intents and purposes you can, but you'll void your warranty.
  5. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    I would have purchased some crappy flip phone and iPod touch as the other guy said. I can't fathom disabling a major feature of an expensive phone. And yes, you will be voiding your warranty.
  6. loyrun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2010
    What is that Supposed to mean?

    Yeah, I'd like to have an iphone for outside of work, don't care at all about a camera, and I'd like to have the phone/internet features for lunch/breaks

    interesting that software is available, thanks for the head up. looks like I'll be voiding my warranty, which ultimately I don't really care about too much, but if it does it would be nice to pay someone else to do it with a guarantee that it works when they put it back together.
  7. klitorisaurus macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    A lot of my friends work for the DoD and have the same issue, on the old iphone, you could just swap the sim with a camera-less phone before and after work. However, with this new micro-sim that's not possible, I wan't to know if you can get a regular sim made for the same line because I'd like the option to swap phones too. Of course, in my case, it's for partying, backpacking, boating etc. Since I have yet to own a phone that hasn't been submerged, dropped and kicked around in its lifetime.
  8. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    You can simply buy an adapter off eBay. Then you can put the micro sim in the adapter, then put that in your phone without a camera.
  9. loyrun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2010
    I did the cheap optibay swap for my DVD drive on my MBP, which didn't void my warranty. Same thing here, just removing something I don't need. To each his own
  10. gwang73 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    San Francisco Area
    You can buy a micro-sim to regular sim adapter. They sell for $9. This way you'll be able to swap back and forth.
  11. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Conversely, I can't imagine using a different phone. I'd still take an iPhone with no camera.
  12. klitorisaurus macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Did not know about that, thanks! Isn't the micro supposed to have more features? And it's still compatible? Must be so.
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    They would have to remove both back and front facing camera.
    I wouldnt ruin the phone like that just so I can bring it to work.
    Swap the sim in a regural cheap cellphone for the time beeing.
    You wont be using a cellphone much while you're working anyway IMO.
  14. readerbreader macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    you could always put a dab of silicon over it, the kind from a caulk gun. that way when you go to sell it, you can pull it right off.
  15. ijen0311 macrumors 65816


    Jul 4, 2009
    Is anyone reading the original post? He needs an iPod function at work and an internet phone that will connect to 3G. Goodness... :rolleyes:

    I'd suggest a dab of epoxy. Maybe even something gummy that you could always take off later.
  16. Tsquare macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2008
    what about some type of case that will cover up the camera? I know this does not render it useless, but would it work?
  17. klitorisaurus macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    I don't know about his work, but if it's similar to DoD... just covering it up with something that you can just take off, defeats the whole purpose and will probably not be allowed.

    For a few camera phones, the DoD actually runs custom software that has the camera functions disabled, but if you want to use a phone of your choosing, it can't even have a physical camera, or even a spot where there used to be a camera but it's been covered or broken out.

    So basically, if they're that strict, to my knowledge, there aren't any internet capable phones that he can even use.... hence, the swap suggestion.
  18. -Garry- macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    It's spy code from Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986). :)
  19. nenarek macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
  20. loyrun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2010
    haha thank you.

    A friend of mine took apart and epoxied over the camera in his 3GS that was out of warranty, and the security guys ok'd it to carry. I'll probably wait few days and look at the tear down videos and see how hard it will be to do myself.

    it would be sweet if the company would allow a software fix, but I don't see it happening as it would be too easy to carry in a non approved phone. If the camera is physically disable there is no question if the phone has been approved.
  21. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    Ha. Nice reference! I loved that film.
  22. JoshGlzBrk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2009
    Do they even make phones without cameras? lol
  23. swy05 macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2008
    Honestly, is it even worth it to go through all of the hassles to absolutely have an iphone4?

    Camera/video are the biggest selling points of the iphone 4. The HD recording, face-time, etc.

    It's like buying a Bentley and ripping out the leather interior and replacing with cheap cloth.
  24. RoscoeUA macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2007
    First I would buy this [​IMG]. Then I would buy an iPhone 3G or 3GS from someone and then disable the camera in those. Once my work day is over, put the sim back in my iPhone 4
  25. Drewsky87 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2008
    At least you can take some kind of phone into work, I'm not allowed to have ANYTHING that has a camera, memory or can transmit data (ie. thumb drives, texting pagers, cellphones, etc.). It's very possible that we could have our clearance revoked if caught using them inside of work, it's considered a threat to national security. As for your OP, why ruin a huge feature of a brand new phone? Plus you have 2 cameras to 'remove'.

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