Just because Apple refuses to switch to USB-C doesn’t mean all users are desperate. Enter Ken Pillonel – a robotics master’s student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) who single-handedly converted a standard iPhone X equipped with Lightning into the first Apple smartphone with a USB-C port. He did this 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 which manages to recognize a MacBook USB-C charger as a power source and also handles data transfer when connected to the laptop. The wonderful feat required reverse engineering of Apple’s C94 connector, which allowed Pillonel to create a custom PCB with a female USB-C port.
USB-C sur iPhone X (images : YouTube)
The initial concept was too big to fit inside the phone and took months of tinkering until the component could fit inside the iPhone case and function properly. A full video detailing the process is in the works and will be posted on YouTube.