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Teen faced legal action from Apple over white iPhone kits

Tech nerd Fei Lam made a bomb off of selling conversion kits to turn your black iPhones white but it appears as if Apple has been seeking to make an example of the New York teenager by issuing legal action.

A real version of the white iPhone, released last month after much delay.
A real version of the white iPhone, released last month after much delay.
Image: Richard Drew/AP/Press Association Images

A NEW YORK teenager was sued by tech giant Apple after reportedly making over $100,000 from turning black iPhones into white ones with special conversion kits.

Fei Lam, a high school student from the New York suburb of Queens, managed to make the right connections at Foxconn, the company that manufactures the phones and created a now defunct site to sell the conversion kits, securing himself a tidy six-figure sum, reports Switched.

Apple has since released its own official version of the white iPhone after much delay and taken legal action against Lam who said he found about being sued through the media.

The lawsuit was subsequently dropped suggesting that Apple and Lam have reached a settlement in the case, according to Digital Trends.

Interviewed by Fast Company, Lam revealed how he first found out he was being sued:

I came back from school today and saw your email. Lol.

He added that he will now be meeting with Apple’s lawyer in New York within the next month but said he couldn’t afford his own legal representation for the meeting.

Huffington Post reports that Lam is not the only entrepreneur to peddle white iPhones but the media attention his story garnered seems to have led Apple to make an example of him.

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