Someone put USB-C into an iPhone and now we want it more than ever

What you need to know

  • An engineer has managed to install a working USB-C port into an iPhone X.
  • With USB-C installed, both data and power work as they normally would.

Over to you, Apple.

People continue to ask Apple to put USB-C into future iPhones and while iPhone 13 continues to Lightning trend, it’s surely, hopefully only a matter of time before iPhone goes USB-C just like iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro. But that’s too long to wait for one engineer — so they did the work themselves.

In a new YouTube Short teasing a longer, more in-depth reveal, engineer Ken Pillonel has shared footage of what appears to be an iPhone X with a USB-C port where its Lightning port would normally be. What’s more, the video shows the iPhone charging fine and even connecting to a Mac for data transfer — all without issue.

It’s all very impressive!

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! I’m very happy to show you this mod in the form of a Youtube Short.

Some might argue that this mod makes this device the best iPhone on the planet. While I’m not sure about that, I do know I now want a USB-C iPhone more than ever. As a family full of iPhones alongside an iPad Air and iPad mini, not to mention Nintendo Switch, we have far too many Lightning and USB-C cables vying for plug sockets right now!

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