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MacRumors
Jan 8, 2013, 10:47 AM
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iPhone5mod (http://iphone5mod.com) continues to launch both unofficial Lightning accessories and other interesting products (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/02/iphone5mod-launches-ultrathin-keyboard-and-game-controller-for-iphone-5/) for iPhone owners, and the company today has announced its Translucent Mod Kit (http://iphone5mod.com/shop/translucent-mod-kit-for-iphone-5/) for the iPhone 5.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/01/iphone5mod_translucent_iphone_5.jpg
The kit includes an entire set of parts to turn an iPhone 5 translucent on the rear and sides, offering users willing to disassemble their devices a rather unique look. Due to high cost and complexities involving the LCD on the iPhone 5 display, the mod kit does not change the front of the device.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/01/iphone5mod_translucent_iphone_5_parts.jpg
The set includes a translucent rear body panel, as well as translucent micro-SIM card slot, mute/power buttons and a translucent Lightning port. The rear body panel is available in seven different translucent colors: white, black, blue, green, yellow, red, and pink.

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The kit also includes color-matched top and bottom antenna windows on the rear of the device. For the first 48 hours of availability, customers will receive all seven sets of top and bottom windows in the various colors, allowing users to mix and match as they see fit. After the limited time offer, users will have to select one color of top and bottom window panels for their orders.

Pricing is set at $39.90 for the entire kit, although customers interested in purchasing all seven color variations of the main back body panel can do so for a kit price of $169.

Article Link: iPhone5mod Launches Translucent Mod Kit in Seven Colors for iPhone 5 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/08/iphone5mod-launches-translucent-mod-kit-in-seven-colors-for-iphone-5/)



grassfeeder
Jan 8, 2013, 10:50 AM
reminds me of the old days with pager parts

boshii
Jan 8, 2013, 10:51 AM
For the price of a nice case, i'd do this.

EDIT: Just watched the video and changed my mind. It's pretty ugly.

Yvan256
Jan 8, 2013, 10:52 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9aJ1miX6EwM/T5Vt4v14wnI/AAAAAAAAFJA/BSQ2iaMrzkE/s1600/1413395-01_clear.gameboy.jpg

Crazy John
Jan 8, 2013, 10:54 AM
Couldn't this cause problems with camera light sensors, ie, light leakage?

Oui
Jan 8, 2013, 10:54 AM
Reminds me of the carts at the mall and riced out Nokia phones
No thanks.

matteusclement
Jan 8, 2013, 10:56 AM
This would have been cool.
In the 90's

bushido
Jan 8, 2013, 10:56 AM
why would u do that???

http://25.media.tumblr.com/e2f61e1a8460ea920c77428bfd38a165/tumblr_mfwg1r3RGJ1qcm0m3o2_250.gif

:eek:

likemyorbs
Jan 8, 2013, 11:00 AM
That's hideous. It didn't look good on beepers in 1997, It didn't look good on Nokias either, and it doesn't look good now.

charlieegan3
Jan 8, 2013, 11:01 AM
Think I prefer the standard shell too.

rmwebs
Jan 8, 2013, 11:03 AM
This applies from the other news post a couple of days ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=16591988&postcount=24

Why do we only hear about iPhone5Mod? Why not every other knockoff product maker we see all over the place? Genuine question.

TMar
Jan 8, 2013, 11:06 AM
Couldn't this cause problems with camera light sensors, ie, light leakage?

No. The camera is a sealed unit. The only light making it's way to the sensor is what goes through the lens...

bacaramac
Jan 8, 2013, 11:10 AM
I bet they will sell a ton of these. I would never do it, but I'm sure there are plenty who will.

IKBest
Jan 8, 2013, 11:12 AM
Very first gen iMac-esque

Carmenia83
Jan 8, 2013, 11:17 AM
I don't understand how you can replace part of the antenna system with something that is obviously plastic...?

troop231
Jan 8, 2013, 11:25 AM
Reminds me of my original clear GameBoy i still have :D

EDIT: looks like I was too late, good job Yvan256 :)

Patriks7
Jan 8, 2013, 11:26 AM
So this is for the people who think the iPhone is too sexy?

tonyy
Jan 8, 2013, 11:34 AM
I think I'll keep mine stock... nicks and all!

Reeko
Jan 8, 2013, 12:00 PM
Why do iPhone5mod, one of hundreds of companies based in china, that make fake, counterfeit parts and accessories, continuously get exposure like this?

It's misleading for customers as the stuff they sell is cheap, fake tat.

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This applies from the other news post a couple of days ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=16591988&postcount=24

Why do we only hear about iPhone5Mod? Why not every other knockoff product maker we see all over the place? Genuine question.

Exactly and I'd like to see an answer to this.

Adjectivity
Jan 8, 2013, 12:13 PM
Questions:
Why would you need separate antenna covers in a plastic case?

Why would they design a back replacement case that is meant to be visible when using it without having a thicker protective lip to protect the glass?

Why make something that most iPhone users can't install without the specialized tool?

What is MacRumors relationship with iPhone5mod?

PracticalMac
Jan 8, 2013, 12:19 PM
Now nudists can take naked iPhone's to the beach!

jsalda
Jan 8, 2013, 12:25 PM
I bet they will sell a ton of these. I would never do it, but I'm sure there are plenty who will.

I agree. I love it how people slam things based on aesthetics. Would I do this? Probably not, but that doesn't mean that other people won't or shouldn't if that's what they want to do. Especially the multitude of teenagers that received iP5's for X-mas and want it to look different from the 400 other kids in their school with iP5's. Have you seen some of the cases that people put on their phones? I personally think they look hideous, but if that's what they want on their phone, more power to them.

Besides, design trends reappear. It's been about 20 years since the translucent plastic revolution, it's about time for it to come back around.

fabian9
Jan 8, 2013, 12:42 PM
micro-SIM

Should this be nano-SIM, or did they manage to squeeze a micro into the iPhone 5?

chuckles:)
Jan 8, 2013, 12:48 PM
OMG who knew the iPhone had a BATTERY in it? Also there's a PIECE OF METAL!!!

For a transparent shell, this manages to show off almost nothing.

oneMadRssn
Jan 8, 2013, 12:49 PM
Please, find me another company that makes iphone5 case modifications? How about another company that makes cheap non-MFI lighting cables that ship from within the US? I've looked, there aren't many. This is the only one that meets both criteria.

This applies from the other news post a couple of days ago: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=16591988&postcount=24

Why do we only hear about iPhone5Mod? Why not every other knockoff product maker we see all over the place? Genuine question.

Why do iPhone5mod, one of hundreds of companies based in china, that make fake, counterfeit parts and accessories, continuously get exposure like this?

It's misleading for customers as the stuff they sell is cheap, fake tat.

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Exactly and I'd like to see an answer to this.

Reeko
Jan 8, 2013, 12:55 PM
Please, find me another company that makes iphone5 case modifications? How about another company that makes cheap non-MFI lighting cables that ship from within the US? I've looked, there aren't many. This is the only one that meets both criteria.

When did they start shipping from within the USA? When did the USA start promoting importing fake, counterfeit, poor quality replica accessories and parts?

And for REAL iPhone 5 modifications https://mendmyi.com/blog/2012/12/the-iphone-5-colour-lab-is-coming/
OR
http://anostyle.com

oneMadRssn
Jan 8, 2013, 01:12 PM
When did they start shipping from within the USA? When did the USA start promoting importing fake, counterfeit, poor quality replica accessories and parts?

And for REAL iPhone 5 modifications https://mendmyi.com/blog/2012/12/the-iphone-5-colour-lab-is-coming/
OR
http://anostyle.com

I guess we define selling modifications differently. Those companies you mention sell a service, where they will paint or anodize your phone. Sure, this is a mod, but it's not in the same dyi spirit of modification which I implied.

Reeko
Jan 8, 2013, 01:25 PM
I guess we define selling modifications differently. Those companies you mention sell a service, where they will paint or anodize your phone. Sure, this is a mod, but it's not in the same dyi spirit of modification which I implied.

mendmyi will be selling the parts seperately - will be in exactly the same spirit but won't be selling junk.

We are no closer to finding out why a china based manufacturer of cheap, fake, counterfeit parts gets so many blog posts from western tech blogs.

Snookerman
Jan 8, 2013, 01:28 PM
I'm guessing this is their demographic:

http://i.imgur.com/U4NtD.jpg

JPChicago
Jan 8, 2013, 01:34 PM
Does look pretty cool. Ill do it if I had $40 to spend

phr0ze
Jan 8, 2013, 02:00 PM
Please, find me another company that makes iphone5 case modifications? How about another company that makes cheap non-MFI lighting cables that ship from within the US? I've looked, there aren't many. This is the only one that meets both criteria.

Still there are other great sources for iphone 5 accessories like Deal Extreme.

Free shipping to the US and tons of bumpers, lightning cables in every color including illuminated, 30 pin adapters, docks, etc. None of which is discussed here.

HelveticaRoman
Jan 8, 2013, 02:06 PM
You can see why Ferrari aren't doing the same kind of thing.

EnigMoiD
Jan 8, 2013, 02:26 PM
Great, now you can make your new iPhone 5 more fragile, more prone to interference, and almost certainly heavier, for the low price of $40!

Oh, and you have to completely disassemble your phone and reassemble it from scratch. But all the screw holes probably won't line up. And metal screws into plastic? This is such a bad idea, but I guess anyone who buys it deserves what they're getting.

Elijen
Jan 8, 2013, 02:49 PM
Do from over $400 device a cheap looking **** just for $39.99.

Why would anybody buy that?

blackboxxx
Jan 8, 2013, 04:47 PM
Why would anybody buy that?

To eliminate the scuffing issue, for example. Also to look different(ly).

jtruong
Jan 10, 2013, 06:34 PM
What a stupid idea! Why would one want to pay money to make his/her iPhone cheaper and uglier? Replacing metal back and side on the phone with cheap plastic? This's ***** out of mind

ijohnphone
Jan 15, 2013, 11:21 PM
visit this site

http://ijohnphone.blogspot.com/2013/01/kitmod-translucido.html

M3talhammer
Jan 31, 2013, 08:07 AM
The question here should be: WHYYY?
If you buy a premium product like Iphone, one just doesnt make it look like a chinese plastic bucket..

miro87043
Feb 15, 2013, 09:50 PM
Great, now you can make your new iPhone 5 more fragile, more prone to interference, and almost certainly heavier, for the low price of $40!

Oh, and you have to completely disassemble your phone and reassemble it from scratch. But all the screw holes probably won't line up. And metal screws into plastic? This is such a bad idea, but I guess anyone who buys it deserves what they're getting.

I had to register just to respond to this uninformed post :D

1) "More fragile" Nope, I actually stopped using a case now that I added this mod to my phone. The plastic offers better impact resistance than the aluminum.

2) "More prone to interference"- This is actually true. I have notice my cellular connection to be a touch less dependable. By that I mean, I've dropped one call this week rather than zero. Not enough of a problem to go back.

3) "Almost certainly heavier"- Actually it is certainly lighter. Noticeably so. This should be obvious as, last I checked, nearly all plastics are lighter than metals, evan aluminum.

4) "Screw holes probably won't line up"- Fit like a glove!

5) "And metal screws into plastic"- This would be a bad idea. However, like any good plastic case there are metal inserts where all screws attach.

6) "This is such a bad idea"- purely subjective so this doesn't count. :)

One out of five correct claims is not bad for somebody who has no experience with a device.

Happy belated Valentine's day!

Eltoro1975
Feb 20, 2013, 09:48 PM
I finally received my translucent mod kit today. I thought this would be a cool mod and had a few hours to sit down and begin the process of modifying my phone. I want to begin by saying I am fairly experienced working on iPhones. I must go on to say though that this mod is not for the faint of heart. It is a daunting task to say the least. First of all, there are no directions and all the pieces are not included and not all of the threading are correctly sized to receive the stock screws. I had a number of screws thee did not fit where they were supposed to go when reassembling the device. Also, there is a metal bar that is used as a hinge that seats the power switch that is missing and impossible to transfer from the original device. I had to cut a needle the correct size to replicate the missing part. After 2 hours of work I was successful with the mod and I am writing this post on the finished product. If you have any questions about this mod feel free to contact me and I can tell you all about it. My impression of this mod is generally positive although I have mixed feelings about the quality of construction. I also have a new appreciation for the men and women that put these devices together. Eltoro1975icloud@gmail.com

Luis2004
Feb 20, 2013, 10:10 PM
..... there are no directions and all the pieces are not included and not all of the threading are correctly sized to receive the stock screws....

Lolololololol