We take a stab at separating the rear glass, but after a lot of heat and wetwork, we've instead shivved our way under the reinforcement panel.
After more arduous stabbing, we finally get the seven-layer
burritoglass sandwich off of the midframe.
The process left the backing plate a bit bent out of shape—we have no idea how Apple plans to do this, but they seem to be keeping the secret squirreled away...
And no, we didn't let snails figure-skate on the back—that's glue. Lots of it.