1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar


    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
    Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 2011-04-27 at 08:53 PM.
    2011-04-27 07:50 PM
  2. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
    Cool! You can look at the nice, non removable battery
    2011-04-27 08:01 PM
  3. iN2K's Avatar
    Seen a clear front as well, not much to look at.
    2011-04-27 08:04 PM
  4. braddahjosh's Avatar
    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!
    2011-04-27 08:05 PM
  5. coolguy742's Avatar
    That's awesome!


    Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    2011-04-27 08:07 PM
  6. tdawg3000's Avatar
    Looks freaking SWEET!!! Only question that I have is, why is it only for AT&T? What is the big difference between the two? The only difference that I can physicaly see is the viberate switch...
    2011-04-27 08:07 PM
  7. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
    I think it makes it look like a demo or mock up unit.
    2011-04-27 08:09 PM
  8. santacruzlocal's Avatar
    Is it November 2010 all over again?
    2011-04-27 08:14 PM
  9. iKillYou's Avatar
    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?

    2011-04-27 08:22 PM
  10. jasonbanas's Avatar
    old news this has been out for awhile now. They have a whole case front and back that is transparent..
    2011-04-27 08:28 PM
  11. Jay316's Avatar
    Apple should offer different colour iPhones just like they do with then Nano. They'd make a load more money
    16GB iPhone 4
    160GB Black iPod Classic

    Sold
    16GB iPhone 3GS
    60GB iPod Classic
    80GB iPod Classic

    Broke
    120GB iPod Classic
    16GB iPhone
    2011-04-27 08:32 PM
  12. mikerlx's Avatar
    old news this has been out for awhile now. They have a whole case front and back that is transparent..
    No joke I see nobody here watches my vids I was one of the first people to show and install this mod when my iPhone 4 was black. btw it also comes in White
    2011-04-27 08:37 PM
  13. iPod's Avatar
    Apple should offer different colour iPhones just like they do with then Nano. They'd make a load more money

    Not likely, alot of businesses have iPhones and if apple made the iPhone colorful, it would lose its professional look
    2011-04-27 08:42 PM
  14. steve-z17's Avatar
    This is going to change the way we look at phones forever!!!
    2011-04-27 08:48 PM
  15. Go Gators's Avatar
    Not likely, alot of businesses have iPhones and if apple made the iPhone colorful, it would lose its professional look
    He said Apple should "offer" different colors. Business' could still purchase black, but the majority of users would be able to chose a different color if they wanted too.
    2011-04-27 08:51 PM
  16. rjrankin83's Avatar
    I've had a yellow front and back on my phone for awhile now (the fronts actually back to black now) and can say that I haven't seen any difference with my photos at all
    2011-04-27 08:52 PM
  17. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
    Yeah I would probably pick this one over the white one.
    2011-04-27 08:53 PM
  18. jeffhesser's Avatar
    i'm surprised no one has mentioned sw-box.com/wholesale-Iphone-4-Back-Covers.html

    that place has awesome back cover replacements! and for way cheaper than these. i have been rocking the brushed metal or the leather back for a month or so now. it is SOOO much nicer in the hand. if you want clear class they have those too.
    2011-04-27 09:03 PM
  19. Jahooba's Avatar
    Phillip, I learned long ago to keep a magnet on the desk when I take apart tiny electronics. It's not even a subtle magnet, either: it's giant and sticks to anything metal within 8 inches. But it's worth it.
    2011-04-27 09:04 PM
  20. d_animality's Avatar
    Not likely, alot of businesses have iPhones and if apple made the iPhone colorful, it would lose its professional look
    ill buy if theres blue sky iphone!!they look cooler
    2011-04-27 09:05 PM
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