Fei Lam, the Queens teen who, for a short while, was making up to $8,000 a day selling kits to make white iPhones, was shut down after Apple found out.
Apple apparently filed--and dropped--a lawsuit against the teen. Fast Company interviewed Lam to find out what he's up to these days, while not battling the Apple legal machine. Apparently, Lam did not find out about the lawsuit straight from Apple.
"I came back from school today and saw your email. Lol," Lam told FC, as to how he first learned about the suit. He went on to say that he will be meeting with Apple's lawyer in New York, but that he won't be accompanied by a lawyer because he "can't afford it anymore."
Lam was able to manufacture his white iPhone kits by getting parts from a man who once worked at Foxconn, Apple's manufacturing facility. He first met the man after receiving a spam email for Apple replacement parts.
"I don't know how the contract works between Foxconn and Apple but the "repair parts" that come out months before actual product release is very weird," said Lam. "I also don't know why the white parts were made. Maybe they were to be thrown out or something. Not sure. It's all very weird."
Lam is not the only entrepreneur to peddle white iPhones (though Apple finally came out with the official version), but the spike in media attention seems to have doomed him to be made an example of. One guy who's on Lam's side? Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
"I met Woz and was really shy," said Lam, who apparently sold a kit to him. "He actually went on the Engadget Show and sort of defended me."
Now, Lam is focusing on keeping out of the spotlight and working on a new project, a website called SimilarInterests.org. But Lam doesn't rule out trying to work for the very company after his neck.
"It'd be interesting," he said, of working at Apple someday.