Fourth generation iPhone. Repair is straightforward, but the front glass and LCD must be replaced as a unit. GSM / 8, 16, or 32 GB capacity / Model A1332 / Black and White.

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Ifixit's 2 top back panel "clips" (iPhone 4) not matching up?

Took off my shattered original back panel and noticed a difference in the clip configuration on the top side opposite the camera.

The camera side also has a different shape but can be worked into the phone. However, the other side won't allow the panel to do the easy slide or even fit onto the phone. I had to completely remove the little clip with a knife.

That works, but i am not sure how secure it is now and while removing the clip it was impossible not to mess up the black coating on the metal bar inside the panel.

Is my phone unique or is this universal iphone4 back panel not made correctly?

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There are two different configurations for the back glass. One that will fit the GSM iPhone 4 and one that will fit the CDMA iPhone 4 and the 4S both. So I would imagine you just got the wrong one. Either you ordered the wrong one or iFixit goofed and sent the wrong one. I wouldn't recommend cutting the clips. Just get the correct part and put it on right the first time. Its a cheap part and a quick fix so no reason not to.

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