THElast month, engineering student Ken Pillonel introduced the world’s first iPhone with a USB-C port, and now Pillonel has returned to reveal how he did it while putting his custom USB-C iPhone up for auction.
Like many, Pillonel had grown frustrated that Apple still hadn’t added USB-C ports to iPhones, so he grabbed a standard iPhone X and decided to make one himself. It’s not just a cosmetic change either, as Pillonel has stipulated that its custom USB-C iPhone must support charging, data transfer, and reversibility, while retaining the functionality of the rest of the components. of the iPhone. And after months of hard work and tinkering, Pillonel finally got it right, with his successful prototype now for auction on eBay, with the current highest bid at just under $ 5,000.
However, before bidding on the world’s first iPhone with a working USB-C port, it’s important to note that Pillonel says that users are prohibited from erasing, restoring, or updating the phone ( which would presumably break the iPhone’s USB-C support), by opening the phone or using it as a daily driver, probably because the device is more of a proof of concept than a real workhorse of all. days.
Granted, $ 5,000 is a lot to pay for a four-year-old iPhone (even one with a working USB-C port), so for anyone planning to build theirs, Pillonel has also released a video on youtube documenting all the work he did to create a working USB-C iPhone, as well as a link to an open-source one repository on GitHub containing all the necessary files and information.
That said, it’s not the kind of mod you can build in a day, as Pillonel faced a number of challenges when trying to add USB-C to an iPhone, including the need to retro-designing Apple’s lighting connector, installing a custom circuit board, and even modifying the iPhone’s body to accommodate the slightly larger USB-C ports.
But at a time when the European Union is work slowly towards a mandate that would make USB-C the standard port on all phones, the Pillonel project is so awesome because not only does this prove that an iPhone with USB-C isn’t a pipe dream, but that one day iPhones and Android phones could share the same charging port in harmony without any real loss in performance or functionality.