IPhone student replaces Lightning port with a working USB-C port

Apple still keeps the Lightning port on its iPhones, at least for now. So an engineering student came up with the idea of ​​replacing the Lightning port with a UBS-C port on his iPhone X. It works and he can even transfer data.

While waiting for the arrival of a portless iPhone equipped with wireless data transfer, Apple continues to use its proprietary Lightning port on iPhones. This year, the iPhone 13, whose improvements we had the opportunity to test, is no exception. The Lightning port is still present. It is therefore not compatible with USB-C devices and cables, unless you use a USB-C (female) to Lightning (male) adapter.

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iPhone X – Credit: Bagus Hernawan / Unsplash

An engineering student didn’t wait for Apple to finally decide to switch to USB-C. He decided to tinker himself the very first USB-C compatible iPhone in the world. Even more impressive, this modified iPhone X works flawlessly and it can charge it and even transfer data.

Lacking a real iPhone with USB-C, a student tinkered with it himself

Student Kenny Pillonel shared his feat in a short demo video on YouTube. He is in the process of preparing a longer video which details the whole process. Indeed, it is not enough to simply replace iPhone Lightning port through a new USB-C port.

Using reverse engineering of Apple’s C94 connector, Kenny Pillonel created a USB-C compatible PCB. He then removed the Lightning port from the iPhone to replace it with a female USB-C port. As you can see in the video, the new iPhone X port works. The student manages to charge his iPhone and transfer data from his computer.

Kenny Pillonel explained that he embarked on this project because “ everything I own has a USB Type-C port so it would be very handy to convert an iPhone too. Have a cable and a charger to recharge everything “. Indeed, many iPhone owners would now prefer to have un port USB-C. Especially since Apple has already adopted it on the iPad Pro, iPad Air, the new iPad Mini and MacBooks.

Source : Digital Trends

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