I love my iPhone. I've never really been a gadget person, but from the moment I first got an iPhone a couple of years ago, I found it indispensable. And it was not just the Whoopie Cushion app that I downloaded; I used every feature on the phone, especially the GPS map feature with driving directions.
So, about 6 months ago, I noticed that my battery was running down in the afternoons. I checked into having the battery replaced, but it would require that my phone be shipped to Apple (no Apple stores nearby), so I would be without a phone for a few weeks, plus it would cost $79.00 to have it done. Searching for an acceptable alternative, I found that you could buy a replacement battery on eBay for $5.60. This was more to my liking. A quick check of the Internet revealed instructions on how to replace the battery yourself, so I bought the $5.60 battery on eBay and was ready to do the job myself.
The first step was to take out the SIM card, which was easily accomplished with the help of a paper clip. Then, two little screws have to be removed from the base of the phone. All that went pretty well. Then, it was time to split the case into two sections.
This took a while. I finally worked the little plastic edge into place, but it was too flimsy to force the cover off. Finally, I resorted to my Exacto knife, which successfully lifted the cover up.
|A very frightening scene.|
At this point, you're in the Belly of the Beast. There are three more "ribbons" to release, also conveniently numbered. Then, seven microscopic screws to remove. The first one is hidden behind a sticker that says, "Do Not Remove." They don't really mean it, so you scrape away the Do Not Remove sticker and have at the little screw that lies beneath. Then, work your way up one side of the iPhone carcass and down the other, removing the screws as you go.
Then, once the seven screws are removed, it's time to lift the "logic board" away from the frame. This requires you to pry on it with your little plastic crow bar until it works its way loose. However, lest you think this is easy, there is yet another "ribbon" connected to the underside of the logic board, which happens to be connected to the camera. You have to release this ribbon while you are still holding on to the logic board, and if you twist the logic board over so you can see the ribbon, you pull the camera out of the iPhone, and you don't really want to do that, so you just wing it.
But, I quickly found that it was much easier to release a ribbon than it was to reattach one, particularly the one on the underside of the logic board. But, through painstaking effort, it can be done, so I carefully went through the process in reverse, reassembling my precious iPhone. All that remained now was to plug it in and charge up my new battery, which actually was a better battery than the one that came with the phone, at least according to the Internet which, we all know, doesn't lie.
So, I've temporarily lost all my picture, apps, and contacts, but the twelve year-old girl who was working at the AT&T store assured me that when I sync my phone with my computer, all that will be restored. I hope she's right. I don't want to lose my Whoopie Cushion.