The iPhone 14 gets a stunning transparent back with this mod

The Nothing Phone 1 has once again sparked interest in the transparent aesthetics of phones, but modders have been interested in it for a while. The latest experience to come out of the enthusiast community is an iPhone 14 with a transparent back panel. Photos of an iPhone 14 with the innards visible underneath are making the rounds on Twitter, but the identity of the modder remains unclear.

The wireless charging coil surrounded by the MagSafe magnetic ring, battery, Taptic Engine and Lightning port assembly are some of the clearly visible hardware elements. It looks pretty neat, but if you desperately want it but can’t find the buyer auctioning it off online, you can still capture some of that magic with the Something range of skins and cases. from DBrand for your iPhone. It’s a blatant rip-off of Nothing’s signature design, but it sure as hell looks cool.

iPhone 14 goes transparent

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The seamless modding job comes as no surprise, 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 no surprise that we haven’t seen much transparent mod work since the iPhone 11 series, which was a drastic design shift from the iPhone XS.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should order one of Apple’s self-repair kits, 3D print a transparent back panel, and go to town on a transparent back panel modding adventure on your brand new iPhone. 14. Requires parts to be matched through its own proprietary software, and any damage could end up voiding the warranty.

A long history of transparent modding

The seamless modding craze for Apple smartphones first gained traction with the iPhone 4, and a year later iFixit was selling a whole DIY kit for the iPhone 4S. Transparent mod kits for the iPhone 5 were released soon, and the iPhone 5s also got a similar treatment. AliExpress even sold transparent iPhone mod kits for less than $10 back then.

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Things got a little interesting when Apple went for a curved metallic look with the iPhone 6, but as you can see in this EverythingApplePro clip, mods were being sold for this model as well. The iPhone 7 was no different. Over time, transparent modding work has become even more refined, as seen in this video covering an iPhone 8 with a transparent back.

As Apple entered the era of Face ID with a new design on the iPhone X and wore it for another year on the iPhone XS, modders got even better with transparent back panel replacements. . But Apple changed things up with the iPhone 11, and not in a good way. As iFixit notes in its iPhone 11 teardown, “the rear glass can only be replaced with a full shell swap.”

Modified iPhone X with transparent iPhone X back panel.
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The trend continued and even got riskier, as Apple threw MagSafe into the mix and was still generous with the glue inside. Take this transparent iPhone 12 mod result and its unpolished look. Looks like the iPhone 14 is going to bring back the good old days of clear back panel modification work.

Apple transparent dream, in patents

What about Apple? Well, it looks like the company has at least given some thought to the idea of ​​transparent iPhones. Last year, PatentlyApple spotted an Apple filing describing iPhones with an all-glass enclosure. A somewhat similar glass design plan was also discovered for the iPad in patent documents.

Another particularly ambitious patent document hints at Apple dreaming of an all-glass wraparound iPhone with a transparent display. Going further, another Apple patent details an idea where the top of the display provides a seamless AR view captured by the rear camera footage.

Those patents may never see the light of day, but a well-made transparent back panel replacement for the iPhone 14 is a sign that fans at least have something to look forward to.

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