Can’t wait for Apple to release the coveted white iPhone 4 and ballsy enough to crack yours open? This may be an option for you. Engadget recently purchased some iPhone 4 parts from an online seller in China (either the seller has close ties with someone in Foxconn or the parts are of the “fell off the truck” variety – though I’m guessing the former) and assembled the components themselves.
We’ll be honest with you: dissecting a brand new toy isn’t exactly the most pleasant experience in the world. Even with a brilliant teardown guide, there’ll always be somewhere that requires super delicate fiddling. For instance, we struggled with removing the battery and the front cover due to some nasty double-sided tape, so we had to poke around extra carefully to avoid any damage. At one point, we spent about 20 minutes wondering why the logic board wouldn’t go back in, only to realize that a well-disguised screw was in the way. Other than that, we’d say this was a pretty straightforward mod (so long as you keep track of all your screws, of course).
If ifixit’s teardown guide doesn’t scare you off and ponying up some cash for white replacement parts isn’t an issue, you could soon be one proud owner of a white iPhone 4. As for the parts, it appears that the site WhiteiPhone4Now is selling the entire kit for $229. And for an extra $54, BrokeMyiPhone will even put it all together for you. My advice? Save your money and just wait for the official model to release. Then again, I’m not a huge fan of the all white iPhone anyway, so what do I know?