How to make your iPhone 4 or 4S Apple logo glow

A Chinese manufacturing company is producing replacement back panels for your iPhone 4 or 4S that include a thin light strip and a transparent Apple logo that will make your iPhone's logo glow, similar to Apple notebook computers.

A Chinese manufacturing company is producing replacement back panels for your iPhone 4 or 4S that include a thin light strip and a transparent Apple logo that will make your iPhone's logo glow, similar to Apple notebook computers.

With the K.O Gadget iPhone 4/4S back-panel mod kit, you can get your Apple logo glowing, just like those on Apple notebooks. K.O Gadget

K.O Gadget claims the hardware hack can be done in 5 minutes, at home, using the $42 kit it supplies.

Editors' note: At the time of writing, the regular site was downed by heavy traffic; a substitute purchase link was posted on the company's Facebook page.

A hardware hack done in 5 minutes seems a little unreal, but the video below shows the replacement being done. Apparently, replacing the back panel isn't too difficult at all. According to K.O Gadget, the replacement panel preserves the original thickness of the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to ensure that all your cases still fit properly.

The light panel that is included with the kit is said to light up only when the iPhone is operational. It will even glow for an extra 15 seconds after you take a call. K.O Gadget is not clear on the exact technology that is being used to create and maintain the glow.

The kit includes everything you need to disassemble and replace the back panel on your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S with the exception of a pair of scissors. Keep in mind, though, that performing this hack will void your AppleCare (if you've still got some remaining). Of course, this is not the first glowing Apple logo hack we've seen, though it appears to be easier to implement (and cheaper).

I am seriously considering doing this, but if any readers actually do it, please send me a photo or video of it working. Is this a mod worth doing? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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