Apple Requests The iPhone 5 Mod Kit Be Taken Down, Orders Continue 48 More Hours


On Wednesday we shared with you a sweet iPhone modification kit that would allow you to transform your iPhone 4/4S into an iPhone 5 before its release. The unit costs $30.00 and simply gives your iPhone the rumored two-toned aluminum and glass appearance.

It’s not even a week later and a third-party with authorization to send take-down notices for Apple has already sent an email on over. Read on below to see what the email said:

We are authorized to send notice and takedowns on behalf of Apple Inc. (“Apple”), the owner of the federally registered Apple logo trademark (among others) hereinafter referred to as the Apple Trademark(s).

We are writing to request your assistance with a website hosted by xxx INC that is violating Apple’s intellectual property rights.

The website,, is offering for sale and selling merchandise bearing counterfeit Apple trademark(s). Such illegal use of Apple Trademark(s) is a violation of federal and State trademark laws.

Pursuant to xxx INC’s policies and the requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”),[1] please note the following:

1. Signature of the undersigned is set forth below.

2. The website,, is offering for sale counterfeit Apple merchandise. The offer for sale and the sale of counterfeit merchandise is prohibited by law, including, but not limited to, 15 U.S.C. § 1114 et seq. and 18 U.S.C. § 2320.

3. xxx INC’s servers will be able to accurately locate the infringing content at:


The $30.00 deal from will disappear in a matter of 48 hours. Anyone who wants to purchase the mod-kit better act fast.

If you’re wondering why the removal was requested, refer to the picture above. The mod-kit uses Apple’s branding, including the Apple logo and ‘iPhone’ label on the product.

For anyone without the chance to grab this deal, you will just have to wait until next month. The iPhone should be released on September 21st if rumors confirm correct.

[via 9To5Mac]



  • Hank

    Calling all “wannabes”! LOL!

    -> not me for sure.

  • Christie

    LOL Hank is such a wannabe

  • Farids

    I don’t think this has anything to do with the branding. Various backplates, with different shapes, colors, made of all sorts of materials, have been out since the release of the iPhone 4, all with the Apple logo, and all the writings you see on the iPhone duplicated word by word on them. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we can now say all the rumors and leaked pictures about how next iPhone looks like are true!!! Apple had never before gone after any of the backplate manufactureres and resallers. I guess this action by Apple, tells us the leaked photos are not fake and the next iPhone is indeed what the pictures say it is. Branding is just an excuse to hide the fact this particular backplate, indeed, is a duplicate of the next iPhone!!!

  • **hides my new two-toned black plate mod**