What began out as a easy engineering mission has now was a serious windfall for the system’s creator after an public sale for the world’s first USB-C iPhone ended with a successful bid of $86,001.
Over the last few weeks, grasp’s engineering pupil Ken Pillonel’s project so as to add a working USB-C port to an iPhone X has delighted the web. Unlike a variety of different superficial telephone mods, Pillonel’s customized USB-C iPhone helps full performance for each charging and knowledge switch with none impression on efficiency or will increase to the telephone’s general dimensions.
In a recent video detailing the mission, Pillonel confirmed how he needed to not solely reverse engineer Apple’s C94 connector as a way to swap out Apple’s conventional Lightning port, he additionally needed to create a customized circuit board to go contained in the iPhone whereas modifying the iPhone’s chassis to suit the USB-C port’s barely bigger connector. After efficiently creating the world’s first iPhone with a working USB-C port, Pillonel put the telephone up for public sale on eBay.
Nonetheless, as spectacular because the mission is, it was unclear the place the ultimate worth would land. That’s as a result of after preliminary bidding began out round $1,000 (the worth of a brand new iPhone), bids shortly jumped as much as $30,000 earlier than finally hitting $80,000, and that’s not together with a number of bids over $100,000 that were later retracted.
After all that—plus an apparent troll bid of $1 million—and conditions from Pillonel that the winner shouldn’t tear down, replace, or use the customized USB-C iPhone as a day by day driver, the public sale formally closed this morning with a winning bid of $86,001.
Some would possibly name Pillonel’s USB-C iPhone mission a mere novelty—significantly because it was created utilizing an older iPhone X—however the sky-high successful dangerous and all the eye the mission garnered looks like proof that folks desperately need a USB-C iPhone.
And whereas some longtime iPhone customers would possibly get irritated at having to change to a brand new port (once more), with all of Apple’s new iPads, MacBooks, and desktop PCs already that includes a number of USB-C ports, it’s turn out to be crystal clear that the iPhone is truly an outlier even amongst Apple units.
However at this level it seems like Apple would possibly make a totally portless iPhone earlier than it swaps out its Lightning connector for USB-C. However for enterprising engineers like Pillonel and people with deep pockets, the dream of a USB-C iPhone is a actuality.