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Please join me in a silent prayer for my iPhone…

July 27th, 2007 at 3:13 PM

I completely destroyed my iPhone. Like, totally. Thanks to the good folks at, I ordered a black back cover to try and pull off the tedious task of switching it out. (By the way, does anyone think that the black battery cover might show itself in the European version? The cover looks completely OEM.) Little did I know, Apple is smarter than the average phone manufacturer and the exceedingly well build quality hurt me in the end. As you can see from the pictures below, the back cover has side rails inside it — but they are actually glued on! In addition, the volume up and down buttons, silent switch, and lock button are all screwed in. Those came out fine along with the headset jack, but the side rails are where it got really tricky. Apple used a blue type of glue that I have never seen before, and I got excited and didn’t properly dissolve the glue. So sad. Everything else on the iPhone is fine. If you’re up for trying this yourself, all pieces of the puzzle are included and I have no problem giving this away. One man’s downfall can be another’s gold, I guess. Hit us in the comments if you want a shot at becoming the official BGR iPhone repairman! Winner must post pictures of the switch process to further embarrass me…

UPDATE: Great. iPhone activations are down for the count at this moment…


Jonathan Geller is the founder of Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, and one of the biggest tech & mobile destinations in the world.

BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010 and Jonathan is President and Editor-in-chief of BGR Media, LLC. Jonathan was named to Forbes' coveted 30 under 30 list in 2016, and frequently appears as a commentator on news channels such as CNBC, Fox News, ABC News and Bloomberg.

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