A modded iPhone X with USB-C, created by robotics engineering student Ken Pillonel, is currently on sale on eBay, with bids up past $99,900. Last month, Pillonel was able to successfully equip an iPhone X with a functional USB-C charging port that charges the smartphone and transfers data.
World’s first modded iPhone X with USB-C is being sold on eBay
Last month, Pillonel uploaded a YouTube Short of the iPhone X with USB-C working functionally. After months of research and testing, the robotics student was able to successfully input a USB-C port in an iPhone.
This is it. I’ve finally built the World’s First iPhone with a USB Type-C port. It supports charging and data transfers. The first part was about getting the electronics to work. Then the next step was to reverse-engineer the Apple C94 connector and make my own PCB with a female USB C port. Then the schematics for the project were set and tested and the final was to make it fit inside the iPhone!
The device is now listed on eBay as “the world’s first USB-C iPhone” and a “true piece of collection for any Apple fanboy out there.” The modded smartphone has racked up 172 bids and a current price tag of $100,000.
There are some conditions to buying the phone. The listing states that by bidding on the auction, the buyer agrees to not restore, update, or erase the phone, not to use it as a daily phone, and not to open it, presumably its internals.
I guarantee that the phone will work when you receive it but if you don’t follow the aforementionned guidelines you are on your own. So basically you can do whatever you want with it but don’t expect anything from me if you break something. It is just a prototype.
Pillonel is also offering a 30-min call if the purchaser has any questions along with free shipping anywhere in the world with his signature. The auction went live on November 1 with the first bid landing at $1,625. The bids steadily climbed up to about $15,000 before someone big a whopping $30,000. It then jumped from that to $33,8k, $40k, $60k, and so on until it reached its current bid of $99,9k.
Check out the listing here.