This Mod Transforms Your iPhone 5s Chassis Into An iPhone 7 ‘Mini’

This Mod Transforms Your iPhone 5s Chassis Into An iPhone 7 ‘Mini’
Image: igenno / Reddit

First things first, no, this won’t magically upgrade your phone’s hardware. It’ll still be an iPhone 5s on the inside. As for the outside? You’ll get something very unique — a mobile reminiscent of a miniature version of Apple’s iPhone 7. All you need is a piece of aluminium from AliExpress, a screwdriver and some time.

For whatever reason — style points, curiosity, a burning need to potentially destroy their smartphone — a Reddit user by the name of “igenno” decided to visually upgrade his iPhone 5s into a “mini” iPhone 7. At least, that’s how he describes it.

igenno couldn’t wait for Apple to make a curved aluminium version of the iPhone SE (or whatever its equivalent will be called), so he decided to make his own:

Recently I faced with an interesting piece of aluminum on AliExpress and felt like “I definitely should give it a try”. Rounded corners are sexy. So, three screwdrivers, three hours of time and here it is.

I can’t say it doesn’t have some appeal, especially if you prefer curves over the sharpness of the iPhone 5 / 5s. The mod however comes with a major downside:

The antenna reception is 15-20% worse. That is the issue.

An issue? I’d say that’s a deal breaker for most. Still, if you prefer form over function, then perhaps this mod is for you. If you want more details, hit up igenno’s Reddit post below.

iPhone 5S: 7 Mini Black mod [Reddit, via BGR]