What if you drop your brand spanking new iPhone X and its glass backing shatters to pieces?

According to folks over at iFixit who know this stuff inside out, you’ll be removing every component and replacing the entire chassis.

Although a cracked Super Retina display on iPhone X can be replaced without removing the biometric Face ID hardware or other components, iPhone X features some seriously glued rear panel. As if that weren’t enough, the rear camera bump is meticulously welded to the metal frame beneath to hold the walls of the bump firmly affixed to the case.

This reminds me of the back glass assembly on iPhone 4, which had the layer of glass excessively glued to a thin metal plate that was built into a plastic frame (With iPhone 8, this metal plate is built into the frame assembly).

And unlike the single-piece rear panel on iPhone 8, the camera bump on this new iPhone overlaps the rear glass. “Those replacing a broken back panel won’t have any good options—and they’ll have a heck of a time scraping out the shards of glued-down glass,” said iFixit.

Perhaps that’s why Apple’s repair quote for other damage on iPhone X is a whopping $549—because if the back glass breaks, you’ll be replacing the entire chassis.

And as any former iPhone 4/4s owner could tell you, the glass sandwich design of Apple’s latest smartphone doubles the likelihood of drop damage. Maybe that extended $199 AppleCare+ coverage for iPhone X is not that pricey after all?

Instead of shelling out $549 to have the entire iPhone X chassis replaced just because you broke the glass backing, you’ll be paying only $99 with AppleCare+ and still have one incident of accidental coverage left, which you can use for screen repair (only $29 with AppleCare+ versus $279 for a shattered screen without the extended coverage).

Bottom line: the durability of the back glass on iPhone X remains to be tested and seen, but replacements are surely going to be very difficult.

Will third-party repair shops provide iPhone X rear glass repairs?

Sound of in the comments!

Image top of post via Twitter user @baconzzitos

  • ?Rockwell?

    First steps after buying a new flagship phone.

    1) Get a good case
    2) couple extra charging cords

    If you use your 1000 dollar phone without a case be prepared to Shell out a good chunk of change.

    • Blacklight: Retribution

      I made sure I got my case first.

      • MMA Rules

        Me too

    • mickey

      Always used my phones naked. Such a shame it’ll cost so much. I’ve never had AppleCare before and had to replace a screen once (diy) but it looks like it’s the only choice this time around unless you want to make a huge gamble.

    • Ric D

      That guy deserved it! Should have been prepared especially for a 1k device!

    • Blip dude

      Then what is the point of such eye catching designs?? If companies were still building phones with 1980s era designs than by all means cases should be the norm, but not in an era when using the term “sexy” to describe an inanimate object can somehow actually be acceptable.

      Oh what’s that? Use a transparent case?? Yeah. . . No.

      Sorry if it sounds like I’m attacking you directly, not the intention. But one has to ask.

  • Jay

    but the real question is, will they replace it with the other color?

    • Fanboy 

      They never do. Same model, same color, same storage. Even if you wanted to pay extra they won’t do it.

      • Jay

        Well they can if they wanted to lol. It it fine because with a case its hard to tell anyway.

      • ProllyWild

        The color of the phone is even included in the software and shows up in iTunes and find my phone. they wouldn’t replace it with a different color.

      • Jay

        For something like a rear replacment I can see them replacing the device…

  • triggerhappypunk

    What I’d like to know is, what happens if I put the phone on a Qi wireless charger and then also plug in a lightning cable at the same time, will it supercharge or blow up?

    • therealjjohnson

      Good question. DO it. On youtube. Use the ad revenue to buy a new phone if and when it blows up.

    • Brandon Hernandez

      I just tested it. No, it doesn’t blow up. It doesn’t supercharge. It just changes to the faster wired charging.

  • willem

    but the real question is, will they replace it with the other color?

    • Rich B

      No has to be same color purchased tried that before

  • Omar Ashraf

    And what about image credits or anything?

  • ProllyWild

    Transparent case. Just save yourself the trouble and money of a full repair for broken glass.

    • Blip dude

      Or have better personal responsibility.

      I have never purchased warranty and all the iPhones that I’ve had (Skipped on 3G, 5S, 7) have been caseless at least during 80% of the time it was under my ownership, cause let’s face it, what is the point of designing a device in such an eye catching way just to slap like bulky case or some crap skin. I have dropped the 4S, 5, and 6S Plus, and at most I got a few scuffs.

      So unless one is purposely dropping it from more than 10ft above a floor it shouldn’t be an issue.

      I had a transparent case on the 6 and 6S Plus, and yeah, while it sounds stupid it’s still not the same.

      • ProllyWild

        I cant really agree or disagree. I’ve used iPhones for a decade now, and only starting using cases from the iPhone 6 on. Ive never broken the glass or done any major damage to the bodies. I agree with you that it’s probably not necessary, but at the same time our experience alone is not the same for everyone else. My friend managed to break the glass on her iPod Touch within a day of getting it back in the day. For the sake of compromise and perhaps those who are often in situations that could be bad for glass, case and a good 9H grade screen film are the best compromises. That of course being for those who don’t really care about showing off the phone as it is for vanity purposes, and those who don’t have as much confidence that they wont damage it. I mean lets face it…repair ain’t cheap.

  • Blip dude

    “Maybe that extended $199 AppleCare+ coverage for iPhone X is not that pricey after all?”

    I onced purchased an iPhone 5 on eBay that was Jailbroken on iOS 6.1.2 and it came with 2yr AppleCare+. At the time it was $99 and came with 2 – $49 accidental replacements.

    Now it’s $199 + $128 if you somehow completely destroy the phone on both ends. I’m not entirely sure how even buying AppleCare+ itself is worth it if one still has to pay 64% of the price of warranty to replace a phone that’s wrecked on both ends.

    If carriers are still offering free replacement for a limited number of times a year (last I checked it was 2 claims/year with AT&T), then that may actually be a better as it’s also a monthly charged that can be canceled at anytime, and also covers theft, from my experience at least. But if I’m wrong and carriers are also charging more for insurance on the X, please feel free to correct me.

    • Jim Harry

      That’s why I opted for AT&T’s coverage starting with the 7 Plus

    • rickinsav

      Your pricing is a little off. Its roughly 50% if the phone is completely wrecked.
      It also covers ALL accessories. Consider the $199 price to buy a 2 year warranty. Then the two incidents of glass ($29) or more extensive ($99) repairs seem a lot more in line. They will replace defective charging blocks and charge cords for free as long as there isn’t signs of physical damage. 23 months into ownership? Replace the battery under warranty. $1000 phone – how long do you (or anyone for this matter) plan to keep this device? And with this warranty they also advance ship for no charge so we don’t have to mail ours in first.
      Per Apple:
      AppleCare+ provides repair or replacement coverage, both parts and labor, from Apple-authorized technicians. Coverage includes the following:
      Your iPhone
      Battery (1)
      Included earphones and accessories
      Coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage,(2) each subject to a service fee of $29 for screen damage, or $99 for any other damage

  • CoolCat

    I cant really agree or disagree. I’ve used iPhones for a decade now, and only starting using cases from the iPhone 6 on. Ive never broken the glass or done any major damage to the bodies. I agree with you that it’s probably not necessary, but at the same time our experience alone is not the same for everyone else. My friend managed to break the glass on her iPod Touch within a day of getting it back in the day. For the sake of compromise and perhaps those who are often in situations that could be bad for glass, case and a good 9H grade screen film are the best compromises. That of course being for those who don’t really care about showing off the phone as it is for vanity purposes, and those who don’t have as much confidence that they wont damage it. I mean lets face it…repair ain’t cheap.

  • calvin

    but the real question is, will they replace it with the other color?

  • Jack Love

    “Maybe that extended $199 AppleCare+ coverage for iPhone X is not that pricey after all?”I onced purchased an iPhone 5 on eBay that was Jailbroken on iOS 6.1.2 and it came with 2yr AppleCare+. At the time it was $99 and came with 2 – $49 accidental replacements.Now it’s $199 + $128 if you somehow completely destroy the phone on both ends. I’m not entirely sure how even buying AppleCare+ itself is worth it if one still has to pay 64% of the price of warranty to replace a phone that’s wrecked on both ends.If carriers are still offering free replacement for a limited number of times a year (last I checked it was 2 claims/year with AT&T), then that may actually be a better as it’s also a monthly charged that can be canceled at anytime, and also covers theft, from my experience at least. But if I’m wrong and carriers are also charging more for insurance on the X, please feel free to correct me.

  • Colin Weaver

    Or have better personal responsibility.I have never purchased warranty and all the iPhones that I’ve had (Skipped on 3G, 5S, 7) have been caseless at least during 80% of the time it was under my ownership, cause let’s face it, what is the point of designing a device in such an eye catching way just to slap like bulky case or some crap skin. I have dropped the 4S, 5, and 6S Plus, and at most I got a few scuffs.So unless one is purposely dropping it from more than 10ft above a floor it shouldn’t be an issue.I had a transparent case on the 6 and 6S Plus, and yeah, while it sounds stupid it’s still not the same.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Glass is still glass no matter what apple say about the glass casings on the 8 and X being the most “durable” glass on a smartphone, it will break if dropped on a hard pavement. I wouldn’t recommend the thin/skins ones.

  • Bob Smith

    First steps after getting a new iPhone.

    Do not buy a crappy 20 dollar case to make you 1000 dollar phone look like crap.
    dont be such a fool and drop you’re phone.
    Get Apple care and use that phone like a boss would.
    If you can afford to replace you’re broken 1000 dollar phone, don’t buy 1000 dollar phone