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Apple seems to have no plans to replace the iPhone's Lightning port with a USB-C port to bring it in line with Macs and iPads, but robotics student Ken Pillonel spent months hacking an iPhone to add a USB-C port.


In early October, Pillonel shared a video demonstrating the "world's first iPhone with a USB Type-C port," and now he's shared a second video explaining how he pulled it off.

Pillonel explains how he built a proof of concept and the steps that he went through to design a functional USB-C port that actually fit inside the iPhone. It's a technical video, but it does walk through all the steps for those who are interested and for those who might want to attempt their own modification.

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The modded iPhone X with a USB-C port is being auctioned off on eBay, with Pillonel guaranteeing a functional phone on arrival. Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the iPhone, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800.

Article Link: Student Mods an iPhone X to Add a Functional USB-C Port
 
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kildraik

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I'd appreciate a proper connection with higher throughput for transferring ProRes videos.

The argument for the need of proprietary tech such as Lightning regarding "unavailable space," has folded.

Let's go, Thunderbolt.
 

Agent OrangeZ

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"Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the iPhone, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800."

So... I can buy something from you, take ownership of it... but I can't do what I want with it? The seems almost the same as buying a standard iPhone from Apple. 🤣
 
Are you really saying Apple doesn't have the knowhow and technical expertise?

Did it ever occur to you that Apple doesn't want to right now?
Well, alot of people are waiting for it and they would appreciate it if Apple implements it. They got it on iPad why not the iPhones?
 

Doug_Shaf

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"Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the iPhone, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800."

So... I can buy something from you, take ownership of it... but I can't do what I want with it? The seems almost the same as buying a standard iPhone from Apple. 🤣
Right?!? This kid has “future Apple Exec” written all over him 😂😂
 

a104375

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"Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the iPhone, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800."

So... I can buy something from you, take ownership of it... but I can't do what I want with it? The seems almost the same as buying a standard iPhone from Apple. 🤣

I'm sure you could, but one of those "don't come crying to me that the port doesn't work after you updated it" situations. My guess it uses some sort of either hacked firmware or it's just jailbroken.
 

thejadedmonkey

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"Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the iPhone, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800."

So... I can buy something from you, take ownership of it... but I can't do what I want with it? The seems almost the same as buying a standard iPhone from Apple. 🤣
I think that's so he's not on the line if something happens to it. Any sort of USB-C solution is bound to be janky as F.
 
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