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We take a stab at separating the rear glass, but after a lot of heat and wetwork, we've instead shivved our way under the reinforcement panel.

After more arduous stabbing, we finally get the seven-layer burrito glass sandwich off of the midframe.

This isn't what we thought Apple meant when they said the glass was stronger.

The process left the backing plate a bit bent out of shape—we have no idea how Apple plans to do this, but they seem to be keeping the secret squirreled away...

And no, we didn't let snails figure-skate on the back—that's glue. Lots of it.

This side-by-side reminds us of something we recently noted.

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