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

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 first USB-C iPhone" and a "true piece of collection for any Apple fanboy out there."

Bids are being accepted until November 11, with estimated delivery by late December. Pillonel said anyone who bids on the iPhone X agrees that they will not restore, update, or erase the device, will not open the device, and will not use it as their daily device. He also cautions that the modded iPhone X is "just a prototype."

The winning bidder will receive the iPhone X with 64GB of storage in its box, without any accessories included. Pillonel is also offering a 30-minute phone call with the winning bidder should they have any questions about the device.

While many have called on Apple to add a USB-C port to the iPhone, the device continues to use Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. Apple has adopted USB-C for some iPad models over the years, including the new iPad mini released in September.

This story will be updated periodically as the highest bid increases.

(Thanks, Martin Nobel!)

Top Rated Comments

iZac Avatar
4 weeks ago
I wonder who this "Timmy_C_111" user is with the top bid?
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
4 weeks ago
Well deserved! That’s what I’m talking about. He is such a brilliant student. Deserves every single penny.

Watch, Apple will buy the iPhone themselves, LOL!
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lounge vibes 05 Avatar
4 weeks ago

Pillonel said anyone who bids on the iPhone X agrees that they will not restore, update, or erase the device, will not open the device, and will not use it as their daily device. He also cautions that the modded iPhone X is "just a prototype."

The winning bidder will receive the iPhone X with 64GB of storage in its box, without any accessories included. Pillonel is also offering a 30-minute phone call with the winning bidder should they have any questions about the device.
wait, so if you get the device, you’re not allowed to open it, you’re not allowed to use it, and you get a 30 minute Q&A for a device you’re not allowed to open or use?
Wow, sounds like an absolute bargain.
maybe I’ll sell my MacBook Air on eBay, claim it’s the first Apple device with an M2, but the catch is that you can’t open it, you can’t use it, and you get 30 minutes to ask about it.
extremely ridiculous.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MiBook84 Avatar
4 weeks ago
Truly hoping for a usb-c connector on the next iPhone. So ridiculous to keep that lightning port when almost everything is usb-c. Apple could have done us the favour years ago. Been traveling the world with a usb-c Mac for already five years and still have a silly lightning cable for the iPhone alone…
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avichou Avatar
4 weeks ago
I bet the buyer gonna cancel the purchase but whatever
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rpmurray Avatar
4 weeks ago
I'm pretty sure the top bidder will try to back out after they win. It's probably a throwaway account with zero feedback.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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