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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.


    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. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Cool. Too bad I have an Otter Box case. Otter Box FTW!
    1. vladpire's Avatar
      vladpire -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      You don't need a pentalobe driver. A double edge razor such as one that goes in a box cutter actually unscrews the screw perfectly. FYI to those spending $10 and waiting two weeks. The screws simply aren't in there that tight so the razor grabs each side of the inside of the screw and runs it right out.
      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.
    1. MadMoody's Avatar
      MadMoody -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      Apple should offer different colour iPhones just like they do with then Nano. They'd make a load more money
      They wouldn't necessarily make more money by offering different colors. They would have to separate assembly lines, separate packaging, and separate inventory, which would result in a much higher production cost. Also, if they sold various colors they would probably cut into the iPhone case market. Every single one of those cases out there that have "Made for iPhone" on them, Apple gets a cut of the profit. All that is probably part of the reason why they took so long to come out with the white iPhone.
    1. luda156's Avatar
      luda156 -
      I just ordered mine at i got five dollars off. Here is the coupon code. 12511fixit . Ur welcome lol
    1. lj22s's Avatar
      lj22s -
      The original picture on this post shows an Apple logo on the backing. When you go to place an order the photos show a clear backing without the Apple logo. Can anyone confirm is there is an Apple logo no there?
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      this is really simple to do
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay316 View Post
      Apple should offer different colour iPhones just like they do with then Nano. They'd make a load more money
      I'd love a blue one.
    1. one_crazy_dude's Avatar
      one_crazy_dude -
      Wow I got mine for $11.20

    1. The Guz's Avatar
      The Guz -
      Quote Originally Posted by M3mph1s View Post

      Got mine in a few weeks ago. Two screws, and my kit came with both the phillips and torx screwdrivers. I like it because it's so different and felt the chrome went well with the silver parts inside and the overall look.

      Two screws, made sure I had a microfiber cloth with me so I didn't have dust inside when I was done.

      I love the employees' (and other customers) reactions when they see it at AT&T or Apple stores. Just came in to the AT&T store to get my OtterBox replaced under warranty and they offer to put the new case on for you, microfiber in hand. Employee was like, "WTF?! Hey guys, come check this out!" They aren't used to seeing anything other than stock, non-jailbroken phones.

      EDIT: Mine came with camera ring and all installed and ready to drop in. Pictures look exactly the same as before with and without flash on.
      Which one did you get? Yours looks a little different.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      I heard that once you switch to a transparent back that your camera becomes useless when used with the flash. This is why the White iPhone 4 took so long because of this issue as well. I wonder if that is still the case with this particular back from iFixit?

      It also took long because the light from the display itself was bleeding through the white paint and could easily be seen. One of the difficulties of manufacturing white glass without light transmittance I guess.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by one_crazy_dude View Post
      Got mine for $1 plus $7 S&H.

      eBay can be your best friend!!!
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      now thats the coolest thing ever
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I just bought one, I've had a white iPhone for awhile. Now since its finally for sale time to switch things up. Clear one looks cool, different is always better.

      I hope there's no tornados tonight.............
      My prayers go out to everyone thats been effected by them!
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      uhhh... what are you talking about???? its two screws to replace the back. a dyslexic 5yr old could do it.
    1. terraphantm's Avatar
      terraphantm -
      Kinda cool. Reminds me of the clear gameboys from back in the day - used to love those when I was a kid
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Not likely, alot of businesses have iPhones and if apple made the iPhone colorful, it would lose its professional look
      professional look? really? was that apple's goal here? to look "professional?" i don't think so. RIM tried that with the blackberry and now it looks like antiquated equipment with that "professional" qwerty keyboard.

      so is my M3 less "professional" looking than a black M3 with black interior because I bought mine in white with a red interior?

      i think if everyone had a choice of colors then we'd see some pretty interesting combinations of phone/case color, plus we wouldn't look like a bunch of sheep and stiffs with our 1 scheme phones.

      then again buying a black phone is usually going to get a higher resale due to it appealing to more people. i'd still entertain the other color options though if they were available.
    1. jamriman's Avatar
      jamriman -
      Quote Originally Posted by braddahjosh View Post
      I think that's awesome! I've modded every single phone I've had. I've changed the housing on my 3GS and by the looks of it the iPhone 4 is even easier!
      Wow! How did u do it? Thanks!
    1. M3mph1s's Avatar
      M3mph1s -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
      Which one did you get? Yours looks a little different.
      Ordered it from a website a while back. Now, for the life of me, I can't remember which.
    1. MooMoo92's Avatar
      MooMoo92 -
      Its an interesting concept, however I think I would get a little sick of looking at the inside all the time.. doesn't seem to flow well with Apple's knack for aesthetics either, no?
    1. ugotpwned5's Avatar
      ugotpwned5 -
      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
      Thank You very much!