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Last week, an iPhone X modified with a USB-C port was listed on eBay as "the world's first USB-C iPhone," and now, a few days after intense bidding, the USB-C iPhone has been sold for $86,001.

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The iPhone was modified by Ken Pillonel, a robotics student who shared a video explaining how he did it. Since the video was posted on November 1, it's garnered over 600,000 views and has been widely discussed across social media. The eBay listing, which lasted 10 days, had a total of 116 bids and 6 bid retractions. One bid earlier in the week topped $99,000.

From the iPad to the Mac, Apple utilizes USB-C ports for charging, data, and more. The company has relentlessly stuck to using its proprietary Lightning connector on the iPhone, and reports suggest that it won't be changing anytime soon.

The iPhone X is a 64GB model, and the winning bidder will be receiving the iPhone X in its original box but without any accessories. As a bonus, the winner will also get a 30-minute phone call with Pillonel should they have any questions about how the world's first USB-C iPhone was born.

Article Link: iPhone X With USB-C Port Sells For $86,001 on eBay
 
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chumps52

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As a bonus, the winner will also get a 30-minute phone call with Pillonel should they have any questions about how the world's first USB-C iPhone was born.
What a great bonus after spending obscene amounts on a phone that they have agreed to not open, restore, use as a daily device etc. (although who knows how long that will last).
 

randomando

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Nov 12, 2021
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I wonder how much a wireless charging iPhone would sell for....

In all seriousness do we really need to change the port when the functionality is basically obsoleted with wireless charging and data transfer? This is seriously the most frivolous thing I've seen. Europe should push for wireless instead of producing waste.
 

randomthoughts

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I wonder how much a wireless charging iPhone would sell for....

In all seriousness do we really need to change the port when the functionality is basically obsoleted with wireless charging and data transfer? This is seriously the most frivolous thing I've seen. Europe should push for wireless instead of producing waste.

Still a ways to go with wireless charging in cars, especially rental cars used for road trips, or on planes that have power outlets.
 

Sidhoah9

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Apr 5, 2019
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I wonder how much a wireless charging iPhone would sell for....

In all seriousness do we really need to change the port when the functionality is basically obsoleted with wireless charging and data transfer? This is seriously the most frivolous thing I've seen. Europe should push for wireless instead of producing waste.
Wireless chargers, although practical, still aren't super efficient which won't help with carbon reductions. Until they get better, then at least having a standard port like USB-C for all sorts of devices (phones and other devices) makes sense. But otherwise, that is I guess Apple's plan... move to wireless.
 

akashagrawal

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Wish I had so much money to burn it on something like this. I understand if it was an authentic prototype from Apple. But a third party mod (impressive, but a mod). Wow
Agree. But in much likelihood, this may well be the only USB-C iPhone to ever exist, if rumors of iPhones going port-less turn out to be true.

The person who bought this should hope more modders don't try to recreate this and make them lose the uniqueness.
 

Mymychickenpie

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Last week, an iPhone X modified with a USB-C port was listed on eBay as "the world's first USB-C iPhone," and now, a few days after intense bidding, the USB-C iPhone has been sold for $86,001.

iphone-with-usb-c-port.jpg

The iPhone was modified by Ken Pillonel, a robotics student who shared a video explaining how he did it. Since the video was posted on November 1, it's garnered over 600,000 views and has been widely discussed across social media. The eBay listing, which lasted 10 days, had a total of 116 bids and 6 bid retractions. One bid earlier in the week topped $99,000.

From the iPad to the Mac, Apple utilizes USB-C ports for charging, data, and more. The company has relentlessly stuck to using its proprietary Lightning connector on the iPhone, and reports suggest that it won't be changing anytime soon.

The iPhone X is a 64GB model, and the winning bidder will be receiving the iPhone X in its original box but without any accessories. As a bonus, the winner will also get a 30-minute phone call with Pillonel should they have any questions about how the world's first USB-C iPhone was born.

Article Link: iPhone X With USB-C Port Sells For $86,001 on eBay
“Sold item status: still awaiting payment”
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Jamie0003

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I wonder how much a wireless charging iPhone would sell for....

In all seriousness do we really need to change the port when the functionality is basically obsoleted with wireless charging and data transfer? This is seriously the most frivolous thing I've seen. Europe should push for wireless instead of producing waste.
Uhhhh…. You do realise people use the port for more than just charging right? With the iPhone 13 pro, it supports prores video which can be 100s of gigs. Good luck porting that to a computer with wireless charging, or usb 2 speeds with lightning. Sure if you have a Mac you can airdrop, but it’s still slower and pros need fast speeds. If you don’t have a mac, it’s not possible

Also, wireless charging is NOT a viable replacement right now. It’s still much slower, you lose tons of power due to the nature of wireless charging (see apple’s MagSafe battery, which is pretty much useless) and at this time, it can’t transfer anything. In fact, if you had a portless iPhone, you won’t even be able to restore it if it gets bricked.
 
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