Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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iPhone 5 Rear Panel Replaceability

How repairable is the rear case of the iPhone 5? And what is the cost? I know that it is virtually shatterproof, but it also scratches significantly easier than the glass panel of previous models. If the rear panel is expensive and difficult to replace I will probably use a case, but if it is relatively inexpensive and easy to repair then I would rather take on some scratches and put my money toward an extra rear panel. What do you think?

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The phone starts with the aluminum unibody (rear case), and every single component is then placed and layered into it. Replacing the rear case literally involves removing every component from the phone. Add that to the fact that an OEM quality rear case with a sapphire camera lens cover won't be cheap, and you've got yourself a time-consuming, risky, and costly repair. Spend $30 or $40 on a good case if the scratches are going to bother you that much.

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I replaced one. It will cost about $100 and more than 2 hours. But it works

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