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  • White iPhone? I'll Take Clear Thank You!


    Apple's announcement of the white iPhone 4's release tomorrow may not be an earth-shattering revelation as much as it is a relief to some. However, ifixit has an interesting mod for the hardware-tinkering inclined: the clear iPhone 4 back.

    Ifixit rates the mod as an easy install. I would beg to differ. Anytime I've had to take apart my mackbook, or iPhone, I end up losing one of the impossibly small screws (torx, proprietary, or philips head) into the endless abyss known as the floor. I suspect my cat has a stash of dropped pencils, screws and other small accoutrement hidden somewhere.

    The mod itself will cost you $29.95 and your patience. It comes with the new clear rear panel, camera lens and flash diffuser, all for the GSM/ATT iPhone 4. A small price to pay if you ask me. There's just something about being able to see the guts of my phone that shouts "Yea, I'm dumb enough to risk breaking my $600 phone for a few looks."

    Which I am.

    A few ModMyi users have already installed variations of the mod, here and wolk72 did it on his lonesome.

    *update*

    This old hat, but for those of you with deep pockets and a penchent for panache ColorWare has some dizzying capabilities when it comes to altering your iPhone, or laptop, or headphones, or baby.

    Sources: ifixit
    This article was originally published in forum thread: White iPhone? I'll Take Clear Thank You! started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by luda156 View Post
      I just ordered mine at i got five dollars off. Here is the coupon code. 12511fixit . Ur welcome lol
      Quote Originally Posted by ugotpwned5 View Post
      Way to rip a coupon off a website and act like you did all the work. here guys Ifixit.com Coupons (8 available / $5.00 avg savings) - Coupon Chief
      all what work? the only work he did was search for ifixit coupon codes but he also didn't represent like he did anything remotely labor intensive either. he posted it here so that we didn't have to go and search a website for it. it isn't like you did any real work either. neither one is much work at all but he just made it that much easier for us.

      thanks luda
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      hmmmm personally I wouldn't go with anything other than a black iPhone 4 but this is descent as well
    1. kaB00M's Avatar
      kaB00M -
      Quote Originally Posted by xknurdssip View Post
      is the quality good? fast shipping?



      where did u get urs?
      Wow!, what are the chances?
      Just SW-BOX is.
      decent quality, cheap, fast shipping. I'm satisfied.
    1. XXX's Avatar
      XXX -
      the cover in the picture and the one they are selling on their website are different.

      The ones that they are selling and I see everywhere else have some ugly border inside. some are black, chrome, whatever.

      Then one in the in the picture looks like it is clear all the way to the edge. I like that one the most. Where can I find these?
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vladpire View Post
      While to each his own, I certainly wouldn't recommend people that aren't used to taking their phones apart use "double edged razor blades" as screw removal tools. Tight screws or not, one slip, and it could be stitches time, lol.
      Maybe you should get a little more familiar with my work. You quotation marks are pretentious in many ways. Safety is for their mommies to worry about. This is a working option.

      Therefore I repeat a razor produces a proper grip on the screw if you do not have a pent driver.
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Maybe you should get a little more familiar with my work. You quotation marks are pretentious in many ways. Safety is for their mommies to worry about. This is a working option.

      Therefore I repeat a razor produces a proper grip on the screw if you do not have a pent driver.
      I would also like to add that although you are obviously exceptionally awesome one1, a razor is not a substitute for a pentalobe screwdriver and I certainly would not recommend it.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      Maybe you should get a little more familiar with my work. You quotation marks are pretentious in many ways. Safety is for their mommies to worry about. This is a working option.

      Therefore I repeat a razor produces a proper grip on the screw if you do not have a pent driver.
      I don't think it's the grip he's talking about with why you shouldn't be using a razor blade to remove screws. Razor blades are made from a type of steel that tends to be very brittle and isn't too keen on having even a small amount of torsional pressure put on it. I.e. twisting motions.

      Given that the pentalobe design requires a screwdriver likely none of us will have, I've found that if you file down your smallest slotted screwdriver then it will work just fine and you can replace the screws with regular phillips screws instead like the changeover pack you can get on ifixit.

      or if you have a glasses slotted screwdriver then that will work equally well but I caution anyone against using a razor blade.
    1. Nickjudd's Avatar
      Nickjudd -
      Just bought one came to a grand total of around $50.
      I had to get the kit and shipping was $8....now i just have to wait a month to receive it!
      (between may 16- june 1)

      It looks awesome.
    1. h1r0ll3r's Avatar
      h1r0ll3r -
      Here's mine from SW-Box in my Contour Showcase case. I think it looks pretty good however I wished the back was completely clear.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by SoCal Railroader View Post
      Cool! You can look at the nice, non removable battery
      The non-removable battery is fine with me! It lasts twice as long as other cell phones I have had, and takes 2-3 times as many charges! I have sold my old iPhones after 2 years and the batteries were STILL fine!