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    Default Black IPhone Cover Installation Tips and Images
    Black Back Cover Modding

    Just thought I created a post for those you might be interested in purchasing and installing the black iphone back cover available from CNN.
    http://cnn.cn/shop/apple-iphone-blac...er-p-1766.html

    first of all, it was pretty hard I must say, so if you donít have patience which I actually donít have this might not be for you. It took me a little over 6 hours to complete it, but the outcome is what I wanted. Take you time, take your time, careful, careful.

    I used to following guides
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=334748
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iPhone

    The latter one I preferred since itís a step by step, which each step on a separate page. This was helpful when I was going to put everything back together.

    Starting with the antenna cover
    The YouTube guide from PDA accessories does not work, broke my cell phone opener that way. They must have had that cover opened before; no way does it come off that easily. The antenna cover is really stuck on there. Use latter listed guide, uses a tool. I used a razor blade and took my time carefully again, finally I got it removed. Since I broke my cell phone opener I then used the razor again to remove the back cover, worked fine. Just be careful, razor blades are pretty sharp as my fingers found out a few times too much.

    Both guides lists the components as brittle, they are, be careful.

    The glue, glue glue.
    Tried all sorts of adhesive removers, didnít work at all. Here is my tip and it worked extremely well. Since you are not going to use the silver cover anyways, crack it where the silent button and the volume adjustor is located and take out those 2 parts after removing all the electrical components, the volume is attached to a screw that you need to remove first (see the guide, step 7 I think it was)

    then hold the back cover which now contains only metal components and blow it with a heat gun, the pieces fall right off, unharmed and unbent. Just let them cool. This is much easier than the adhesive remover.

    Some other notes
    The side panels consist of 2 metal slides on each side, attach them together before attaching them to the replacement cover, saves you time.

    Make extra note that the silent switch latch is in the right position

    The power switch goes on just one way, look the same on both, but no. if it does not slide in easy, turn it around, donít get angry.

    Donít use superglue, its hardens too fast, since the components are sooooo small it was easier to use a semi fast glue to place it right, then I could move it into the correct position. Superglue just hardened instantly.

    Feel free to contact me for more information about this, attaching some images of the final output.
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    thanks for the tips i'm going to be doing this in a couple days

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    Great Tread man.
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    jeez....i want to do it so bad, but i think i'd be too scared...
    how does it look/feel in person?
    do any edges not line up perfect?
    will it get scratched easy?

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    another tip, if you want it to have a more shiny effect than a flat one, try installing the invisible shield. here is what mine looks like after installing the black back and invisible shield:




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    wow i like that!
    mod edit, old signature removed

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    I love that! but I dont have the balls to open up my iphone.

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    the black looks l33t

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    Quote Originally Posted by ijustin View Post
    I love that! but I dont have the balls to open up my iphone.
    +1....I'm thinking about sending mine to colorwarepc....Link

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    it's awesome, but I got better I'm just gonna gold platted my
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    Oooo, definitely going to buy the black back now. that is sweet.

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    This back looks so slick.

    But I'm terrified of the process. Mad respect for the accomplishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwcrash View Post
    This back looks so slick.

    But I'm terrified of the process. Mad respect for the accomplishment.
    Its not that bad, have done about 3 hw unlocks, cmon man...your a modder!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
    Its not that bad, have done about 3 hw unlocks, cmon man...your a modder!!!
    ...who's not willing to void the warranty on his iPhone! I'm on AT&T, so I'm just rocking mods & apps. Nothing that can't be restored.

    And (I'm assuming here...) this hardware mod voids the Apple warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
    Its not that bad, have done about 3 hw unlocks, cmon man...your a modder!!!
    Trust me man, it is NOT as easy as you think... this guide would of been very helpful when i did mine, i definatly recomend you do it if you feel you can because it looks so nice, but most definatly follow the tips in this guide. i wish i read this before because i used adhesive remover to remove the skeleton and it started to melt the buttons, everything works still but you can sorta tell there a little melted.. heat gun= EXCELLENT idea!

    On a side note, anyone know where id be able to buy replacement buttons( the black pieces not the wires )

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    Quote Originally Posted by s2k View Post
    the black looks l33t

    YES!! I agree the black does look very LthreethreeT
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwcrash View Post
    ...who's not willing to void the warranty on his iPhone! I'm on AT&T, so I'm just rocking mods & apps. Nothing that can't be restored.

    And (I'm assuming here...) this hardware mod voids the Apple warranty.
    I like to do it too but not at the cost of voiding the warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NVMY4N View Post
    <- No Balls = No Black for me.
    same where will have someone to do it for me
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    Nice.. but
    don't have the tools, time and guts to do that to my phone...

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