The Nothing Phone 1 again sparked interest in the transparent phone aesthetic, but modders have been at it for a while. The latest experiment to come out of the enthusiast community is a iPhone 14 with a transparent back panel.
The wireless charging coil surrounded by the MagSafe magnetic ring, the battery pack, the Taptic motor, and the Lightning port assembly are among the hardware elements that are clearly visible. It looks pretty neat, but if you want it badly but can’t find the buyer to auction it off online, you can still capture some of that magic with the range of furs and Something covers by DBrand for your iPhone. It’s a blatant rip-off of Nothing’s signature design, but it sure looks cool.
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The transparent modding job isn’t surprising, as teardowns have revealed that after years, Apple has finally eased the scope of repairs with an updated internal assembly for the rear glass panel. It’s also not surprising that we haven’t seen a lot of transparent mod work since the iPhone 11 series, which was a clear departure from the iPhone XS design.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to order one of the kits. apple self repair3D print a transparent back panel, and go to town on a DIY transparent back panel modification adventure on your new iPhone 14. Apple still requires parts to be paired through its own proprietary software, and any damage could end up voiding the warranty.
The transparent modding craze for Apple smartphones first gained traction with the Iphone 4and a year later, iFixit was selling a complete DIY kit aimed at the iPhone 4S. The transparent mod kits for the iPhone 5 soon they came out, and the Iphone 5s also received similar treatment. AliExpress even sold clear mod kits for iPhones for less than $10 in the past.
Things got a little interesting when Apple adopted a curvaceous metallic look with the iPhone 6, as seen in EverythingApplePro c, mods for this model were also sold. The iPhone 7 was not different. Over time, transparent modding works became even more refined, as shown in this video that covers a transparent back iPhone 8.
As Apple entered the era of Face ID with a new design on the iPhone X and carried it for another year on the iPhone XS, modders they improved further their work with clear rear panel replacements. But Apple changed things with the iPhone 11, and not in a good way. What points out iFixit in its iPhone 11 teardown, “the back glass can only be replaced with a full case swap.”
The trend continued, and got even riskier, as Apple threw MagSafe into the mix and stayed ever generous with the glue on the inside. Take this transparent mod result of the iPhone 12 and how unpolished it looks. It looks like the iPhone 14 is going to bring back the good old days of clear back panel mod jobs.
What about Apple? Well, it seems that the company has at least thought about the idea of transparent iPhones. Last year, PatentlyApple spotted a presentation of Apple describing iPhones with a glass case. A somewhat similar heavy glass design plan was also unearthed for the iPad in the patent documents.
other document patent particularly ambitious hints that Apple is dreaming of a wrap-around glass iPhone with a transparent display assembly. Going one step further, another Apple patent details an idea where the top of the screen offers a transparent AR view captured by images from the rear camera.
These patents may never see the light of day, but a well-done transparent back panel replacement for the iPhone 14 is a sign that fans have at least something to look forward to.