Cracking open the Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone removing back case panel

I thought removing the plastic antenna cover was difficult. It was child's play compared to removing the iPhone's back case panel.

to remove the panel, I held the knife blade vertically and inserted it lengthwise between the back panel's edge and the front panel. Very gently, and for about 30 minutes, I worked on the back panel. Finally, I was able to separate one side of the back panel from the front panel. I then continued working the knife around the panel until both sides where loose.

Note: This photo shows me using the knife to merely hold the back panel away from the front panel. I did not use the knife in this manner to pry open the panel as it might have damaged the iPhone's internal components.


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...