October 18, 2012 AT 3:35 pm

iPhone Light Mod – Illuminate your Apple!

Recently our friend in China sent us a kit for modding the iPhone– it lights up the Apple logo on the back! We can’t carry these in the store because the kit comes with a trademark-infringing replacement back, but it was certainly a fun project to try! However, we do carry replacement backs, screwdrivers, and other iDevice accessories. Watch the video on YouTube (please subscribe!) and Vimeo.


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7 Comments

  1. I repair iPhones (and other iDevices), and I just wanted to warn people before they do this about a couple of things:

    – To do this, you will need to connect the LED to a power rail which feeds the LCD, and over a period of a couple of months, the LCD will start to loose brightness, contrast, and color vivacity (or whatever it’s called) due to this. Also, the Apple logo will light up virtually anytime there is any cellular activity – this may bug you.

    – There are definitely more places where you can get ripped off buying this than places which won’t rip you off. I’ve seen this being sold for as much as 100$ when my supplier (which generally has prices slightly above average) sells it to me for less than 13$.

    – The glass panel is relatively ludicrously thin because of the space needed for all the tape, wiring and the LED, which will make it feel super cheap, flimsy and your chances of breaking it are much higher.

    Just my 2 cents. I’ve done a lot of research into this, and I highly discourage my clients form asking me to do this – counter intuitive, I know, but it saves me the hassle of explaining them how they signed a waiver every time something happens.

  2. Achievement Unlocked! – Hack A Day Badge for Becky! :D

  3. #1, how could there be a gradual change in the LCD appearance? Either there’s enough power to run the LED, or there isn’t.

  4. Maybe you should consider selling this kit with an Adafruit logo or a plain circle in place of the Apple logo, it’s very original and very cool!

    Also, Becky your videos are awesome. You are the coolest!

  5. I’d like to know what video scope that is. It’s great size for the workbench.

  6. @Will – this looks like a reasonable candidate:
    http://www.amazon.com/Handheld-Digital-Endoscope-Microscope-Diameter/dp/B005P40OXY/

  7. It’s the AdaFruit microscope! Look arund and you’ll find it. Seriously tempting to get one…

    Not this mod though. As someone else pointed out, the glass is super-thin, and I’m scared of breaking my only iPhone…
    Cool mod though…

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