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Earlier this fall, the European Union chose USB-C like common loading port for all the phones of the future. While we wait for Apple to adapt to the regulations, an engineer he was ahead And I think the world’s first iPhone with port USB-C.

In a video of YouTube (discovered through Apple Insider), engineering student Ken Pillonel tells how, with a lot of work and a bit of reverse engineering, achievement add a functional USB-C port to a modern iPhone, in this case an iPhone X.

Apple has been renovating slowly most of their line of iPads so that they are compatible with USB-C, and many people expect let the company do the same with the iPhone. Fully adopting USB-C would make it easier for product owners Apple usar the same cable to charge all your devices. Although rumors that USB-C would arrive to the iPhone go back to 2018 and further back, Apple has given no indication that it will bring USB-C to your phones, which makes Pillonel’s creation even more impressive.

On his blog, Pillonel says that one of the most difficult parts of the project was figuring out how to use proprietary C94 connector from Apple, which is the circuit that Apple sells to manufacturers of accessories for use in Lightning cables and connectors. When he got it, Pillonel was able to solder the C94 connector to a conversion board and connect a USB-C port at the end.

But that It was not the end of the challenge. Pillonel says that the other big obstacle was get all the new components to fit inside the iPhone chassis, which forced him to do reverse engineering on the circuit board of connector C94. To the Ultimately, Pillonel’s hard work paid off: was able to build an iPhone with USB-C that can be loaded and transfer data seamlessly.

Unfortunately, these steps are probably too complicated for the average homeowner iPhoneBut even proving it’s possible is a worthy feat By itself. And for anyone brave enough to try creating their own iPhone with USB-C, Pillonel is working on a video with more details and a new article which will cover the conversion process in much more detail.

Unfortunately, it seems like the rest of us will have to keep dreaming about the day when we have an iPhone that can use the same charging cable as an iPad or that most Android phones. The most likely outcome is that in the not-too-distant future, Apple will simply ditch the Lightning connector and make an iPhone that doesn’t have any ports.


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