So for a minute forget that the iPhone 5 will probably be announced in the next 14 days and consider this mod that illuminates the Apple logo on the back of the svelte handset. Awesome, right?
The mod will be available sometime mid-October, but not direct to consumer. Either you’ll need to visit iPatch, the creator of the mod, who is located in England, or track down an expert repair shop to perform the work (they’ll need to have purchased a “franchise kit”).
They anticipate that it will cost between £50 – £100 UK ($80 – $155 US) and that doesn’t include labor costs. A bit on the expensive side, but keep in mind that it will illuminate the logo when you receive a text message or a call, and works entirely in conjunction with the handset’s screen. So if you dim the display the logo mimics the setting and turns off when you’re engaged in a call.
The back plate is the same one found on the iPhone, so black or white is available, as well as custom colors. The logo’s color can also be influenced by adding a filter, but when off the logo will have a frosted glass appearance, though they might add a version that displays in reflective silver.
Note that this mod will void your Apple warranty, though iPatch offers a 90 day warranty on their work. For a small fee the iPhone can be restored to its original form, which means the iPhone’s warranty can be reinstated.
You can follow iPatch on Twitter at @iPatch_iPods, as well as Facebook and their website to stay up to date on when they’ll roll out a production version of the iPhone 4 rear apple illumination modification.