iPhone X outfitted with working USB-C port in spectacular DIY project

Just because Apple refuses to switch to USB-C does not mean that all users are desperate. Enter Ken Pillonel -a graduate student in robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), who single-handedly converted a standard Lightning-equipped iPhone X into the first Apple smartphone with a USB-C port. He did so after a few months of work and recently shared the final work product in a YouTube Shorts video on his channel.

The video shows the phone with its modified charging port that manages to recognize a MacBook USB-C charger as a power source and also handles data transfer when connected to the laptop. The marvelous feat required reverse engineering of Apple’s C94 connectors, which enabled Pillonel to create a custom PCB with a female USB-C port.

USB-C on iPhone X (photo: YouTube)
USB-C on iPhone X (photo: YouTube)

USB-C on iPhone X (Photos: YouTube)

The original concept was too large to fit into the phone and required several months of tinkering until the component could fit into the iPhone case and function properly. A full video detailing the process is being prepared and will be posted on YouTube.

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