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These iPhone XR look like iPhone 13, but they aren’t

    Colour me surprised when I ran into a mobile phone vendor selling an iPhone XR that looks like iPhone 13. Let me explain: the phone has the casing of iPhone 13, but the internals are completely iPhone XR.

    I hunted around and found a handful of videos on YouTube demonstrating how to do it. If you have the technical skills, all you need to do is buy a iPhone XR to iPhone 13 DIY housing and swap things by yourself. Here is an example video:

    The swapping procedure requires technical skills, but it looks fairly straightforward. From what I can see, Apple uses the same (or similar) components across their range of smartphones, so screws and ports and joints seem to fit in perfectly during the swapping of cases.

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    iPhone XR looks like iPhone 13, but it isn't
    These are iPhone XR in iPhone 13 housing

    The DIY casing costs as low as US $67.50. I imagine you can find it for less or more, depending on your location and where you are shopping from.

    If this tickles you enough to take a dive, Blossom Gadgets, based in Computer Village, Ikeja, has some iPhone 13-lookalike iPhone XRs for ₦155,000 (64 GB) and ₦165,000 (128 GB). You buy at your own risk: this article is not a paid promotion or an endorsement. I saw the news on Nairaland, was intrigued by it, and thought to share. If interested, head over to the Nairaland thread.

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