Student Mods an iPhone X to Add a Functional USB-C Port

Apple seems to have no plans to replace the iPhone's Lightning port with a USB-C port to bring it in line with Macs and iPads, but robotics student Ken Pillonel spent months hacking an ‌iPhone‌ to add a USB-C port.


In early October, Pillonel shared a video demonstrating the "world's first ‌iPhone‌ with a USB Type-C port," and now he's shared a second video explaining how he pulled it off.

Pillonel explains how he built a proof of concept and the steps that he went through to design a functional USB-C port that actually fit inside the ‌iPhone‌. It's a technical video, but it does walk through all the steps for those who are interested and for those who might want to attempt their own modification.

iphone with usb c port
The modded ‌iPhone‌ X with a USB-C port is being auctioned off on eBay, with Pillonel guaranteeing a functional phone on arrival. Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the ‌iPhone‌, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800.

Top Rated Comments

Agent OrangeZ Avatar
4 weeks ago
"Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the iPhone, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800."

So... I can buy something from you, take ownership of it... but I can't do what I want with it? The seems almost the same as buying a standard iPhone from Apple. ?
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
4 weeks ago
If this brilliant student can do it… why can’t you Apple?
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
reyesmac Avatar
4 weeks ago
In other news, Apple sues college student for doing the same kind of tinkering Apple cofounders did long long ago.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmcq Avatar
4 weeks ago

"Buyers are forbidden from updating or erasing the iPhone, opening it up, or using it as a daily phone. So far, the bidding has exceeded $800."

So... I can buy something from you, take ownership of it... but I can't do what I want with it? The seems almost the same as buying a standard iPhone from Apple. ?
Nah. Selective quoting from MacRumors.


[HEADING=1]By bidding on this auction you agree that:[/HEADING]

* You will not restore, update, or erase this iPhone
* You will not use it as your daily phone
* You will not open it

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.”

That’s the full quote.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple$ Avatar
4 weeks ago
I would line up and buy it! USB-C is better, IMO.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nwcs Avatar
4 weeks ago

If this brilliant student can do it… why can’t you Apple?
They haven't said they can't. They said they don't think it's the right option. Of course, they'll probably do it eventually.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

iphone with usb c port

iPhone X With USB-C Port Sells For $86,001 on eBay

Friday November 12, 2021 3:13 am PST by
Last week, an iPhone X modified with a USB-C port was listed on eBay as "the world's first USB-C iPhone," and now, a few days after intense bidding, the USB-C iPhone has been sold for $86,001. The iPhone was modified by Ken Pillonel, a robotics student who shared a video explaining how he did it. Since the video was posted on November 1, it's garnered over 600,000 views and has been widely...
maxresdefault

iPhone X Modded With USB-C Port Listed on eBay With Bids Topping $99,000

Thursday November 4, 2021 6:21 am PDT by
Earlier this week, robotics student Ken Pillonel shared a video explaining how he modded an iPhone X with a functional USB-C port in place of the usual Lightning connector. The USB-C port works for both charging the iPhone and data transfer. Pillonel also put the device up for auction on eBay, and bids are already topping a whopping $99,000. The listing describes the device as "the world's...
hyper 6 in 1 ipad hub

Hyper's New 6-in-1 Hub for USB-C iPads Features Media Playback Keys

Thursday October 7, 2021 8:38 am PDT by
Accessory maker Hyper today announced the release of its new 6-in-1 hub for iPad models with a USB-C port, including the latest iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini. Key features of the hub include a form-fitting design and built-in media shortcut keys. The hub fits snugly around the flat edge of recent iPad models, providing access to play/pause, rewind, and fast forward keys for audio and...
USB C Over Lightning Feature

EU Proposes to Force Apple to Switch iPhone, iPad, and AirPods From Lightning to USB-C

Thursday September 23, 2021 4:57 am PDT by
The European Commission has presented legislation that would compel Apple to use a USB-C port on all iPhones, iPads, and AirPods in Europe (via Reuters). The proposal, known as a directive, would force all consumer electronics manufacturers who sell devices in Europe to ensure that all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, handheld videogame consoles feature a USB-C...
hyperdrive multi display dock 1

HYPER Debuts 15-Port Dock That Supports 3 4K Displays

Monday November 15, 2021 10:02 am PST by
HYPER today announced the launch of its latest dock, a 15-port version that is designed for the 13, 14, 15 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The HyperDrive 4K Multi-Display Docking Station supports up to three 4K displays on larger Mac machines. There are three HDMI ports and three DisplayPorts, all of which support 4K displays at up to 60Hz, along with a Gigabit Ethernet port, a 100W USB-C PD ...
twelve south staygo mini

Twelve South Launches StayGo Mini USB-C Hub for Macs and iPads

Tuesday August 31, 2021 6:00 am PDT by
Twelve South today announced the launch of the StayGo Mini, a small USB-C hub that provides a trio of ports for use while on the go. The StayGo mini is a smaller version of Twelve South's StayGo USB-C hub, featuring a USB-A port, a USB-C port for passthrough charging, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack. The pocket-sized StayGo Mini is available in either black or white, and it is...
hyperdrive dual 4k display hdmi hubs

Hyper's Latest Hubs Let You Connect Two 4K Displays to an M1 MacBook Using a Single Port

Tuesday October 12, 2021 8:03 am PDT by
Hyper today announced the release of ">two new HyperDrive hubs that allow M1 models of the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro to connect to two 4K displays over HDMI in a plug-and-play manner with no drivers required. There is a 3-in-1 version of the hub with two HDMI ports and a USB-C Power Delivery port for up to 100W of pass-through charging, and a 10-in-1 version of the hub that offers...
Apple Prefer Lightning Over USB C Feature

EU Law That Could Force the iPhone to Switch to USB-C to Be Presented Next Month

Friday August 13, 2021 5:04 am PDT by
Apple may be forced to remove the Lightning port from the iPhone in favor of USB-C, according to legislation expected be presented by the European Commission next month, Reuters reports. The legislation would establish a common charging port for all mobile phones and other relevant devices in all European Union countries. The move is expected to primarily affect Apple, since many popular...
anker 35 deals

Deals: Anker Introduces New Sales on Surge Protectors and USB-C Chargers

Wednesday March 3, 2021 6:59 am PST by
Anker has introduced a new collection of discounts on Amazon today, this time focusing on a wide array of wall chargers and surge protectors. You'll find Anker's popular PowerExtend Strip surge protectors starting at $23.79, as well as a few PowerPort Strip accessories (which include USB-A ports) from $24.64. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a ...
bluetti eb70 main

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station and 200W Solar Panel

Friday September 3, 2021 11:13 am PDT by
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with MAXOAK to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bluetti portable power station and an accompanying solar panel. Bluetti makes a range of portable power station options that are useful for camping, emergencies, power outages, off-grid living, and similar situations. The Bluetti EB70 is a solid middle of the road option that offers 716Wh and...