paint it black: the iPhone
...I see an iPhone and I want to…
Well, we all know the subject of this project… the iPhone a.k.a. the Jesus Phone and/or the best invention since sliced bread, as some people believe…
But first, a long story short. How did I end up with one? Well, my friend Boris from Amsterdam went to SF about a month ago to pick up not one but fifteen(!) iPhones for himself and some friends. I wasn’t on the list but I didn’t want one either at that time. But then, only a week after he and his iPhones arrived back in Holland, he dropped his own and soon after a deal was struck between Boris, Bright and me to get me that specific iPhone and so a couple of days later the postman arrived at my door with a package…
this iPhone is featured in upcoming Bright no.19, available on newsstands from november 30th on in Holland
I used it as an iPhone for about two weeks, also to see what all the fuzz was about, before I would do anything to it. I tried Carglass, to see if they could repair the glass but I ended up showing my iPhone to everyone and they showed me what they were able to repair, but that wasn’t the glass of my iPhone…
So… In those two weeks I used it merely as an iPod which accidentally can take a call (I hardly get called and I like to keep it that way) and because of that, I also started using this old iPod sock around it. Because of this sock around it, I also started to like the more anonymous character of the device instead of flashing this iPhone around (it’s not available in this country yet). Only people who watch very carefully can spot the different headset (but there are ways to fool that ^_^) and that’s about it.
So, in short, I started to dislike the bling and the attention this phone got. I mean, a conversation starter it is, but not with people I’d like to talk to (in general! don’t feel offended). *^_^*
Next to that, all the hacking done on this phone is software-only, from the outside, all these phones (1.4 million and counting) are the same. Somehow, just like almost all my other gear, I want it to be different. Not necessarily prettier, just different, because it’s mine. So like it or loathe it, this was the general idea: paint it black
the actual project
Well, it took me almost a weekend to get it open… Luckily the guys from iFixit already have some good installation instructions on their site, but even with that, this phone is one hard phone to open! Now in the end, mine wouldn’t open like it should probably because it already fell one time before I got it and that’s also why it took me close to a weekend to open it up completely. (the rear panel wouldn’t come off, whatever I tried).
Since Carglass couldn’t fix the glass, I started to think about other possibilities (other than ordering a new display, I mean, what fun is that?) to get this little crack fixed. I decided I would turn the home button in an old school Apple logo, and the logo would need to come off something. I thought about a Mac SE/30 (next to the visualizers, I also got one defective one) but the logo was too big and somehow it felt like a sin to do such a thing. Then I went through my stuff and found this ‘Apple Extended Keyboard II’ from 1989 and really, I really have got no use for that, so that became the patient to get me an old school Apple logo and some plastic…
After quite some hours of sanding on this little piece of plastic, I had the part I wanted. Now it was time to prepare the other parts in this journey to paint this phone black.
...taping it all up for some spray paint.
...putting it back together…
And some more shots:
about the old Apple logo
The Newton was a very kind gift btw.
Now don’t get confused when your phone rings…
...and if you’re eager to find out what’s on the display of my iPhone.. here’s a pic (only the extreme apple fanboys will get that joke, I guess…)
Once again, the end result:
And to show you it really is a button:
...and some more pics:
my famous iPod sock and my iPhone…
click to enlarge
What else is there to say? Like I said, like it or loathe it, if it’s the latter, you’re allowed to call it the oNoPhone ^_^
At least I’ve now got a phone which most definately is mine. In the two weeks I used it before this project I never ever got the feeling it was my phone entirely somehow and now I do and that’s what I care about. I wonder why they ever stopped using the slogan ‘Think Different’ cause somehow that’s exactly what I’m (and everyone who owns one of those 250.000 unlocked phones (and counting…)) is doing at the moment, I guess… ^_^As mentioned in the Message from Mark's family this site has been made static. This means that it will be no longer possible to comment on his ideas and projects, but that we all can continue to cherish his creativity.
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