Suppose it won’t be cheap. eBay’s offer for the iPhone USB-C is already $85,000.
Surprised that there was no USB-Cs iPhone, the robotic engineer decided to take matters into his own hands and make one, and now he’s going to sell it. Ken Pillonel modified the iPhone X last month to replace the Lightning port with a fully functional USB-C port.
It made the world’s first iPhone with a USB Type-C port. It supports charging and data transfer. The first part was about setting up and running the electronics. Then the next step was to decode the Apple C94 connector and create your own PCB using the USB-C port. Drawings for the project were then prepared and tested, and the final design was to be placed inside the iPhone.
The device is referred to as the world’s first USB-Cs iPhone and may still be the only version out there. While Apple has relied on USB-C on both MacBooks and iPads, it hasn’t done the same with iPhones – and it’s not at all sure that it will ever do so.
Pillonel didn’t reveal many details at the time, but then posted a detailed video tutorial online for anyone looking to follow in his footsteps. The approximately 14-minute video shows the details of how anyone can change the connector of an iPhone. Pillonel essentially created a Lightning-USB-C adapter that was too small to fit inside an iPhone. Of course, in real life, things are more complicated than they seem.
Part of the process requires modifying the Apple C94 chip to manage the device’s power supply and to identify certified Lightning cables and accessories.
Apparently Apple is leaving money on the table https://t.co/CbvtlxOyPS
– Zach Hall (apollozac) November 4, 2021
If you’d like to own one, but your electronics skills are patchy, there’s no Bellonell company selling a truly unique iPhone on eBay. Also worth noting are the terms of sale:
- It will not restore, update or delete your iPhone
- You don’t use it as your daily phone
- You won’t open it
The manufacturer guarantees that the phone will work when the new owner receives it. But since this is just a prototype, anything can happen.
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