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

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.

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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 discussed across social media. The eBay listing, which lasted 10 days, had a total of 116 bids and 6 bid retractions. One bid earlier in the week topped $99,000.

From the iPad to the Mac, Apple utilizes USB-C ports for charging, data, and more. The company has relentlessly stuck to using its proprietary Lightning connector on the ‌iPhone‌, and reports suggest that it won't be changing anytime soon.

The ‌iPhone‌ X is a 64GB model, and the winning bidder will be receiving the ‌iPhone‌ X in its original box but without any accessories. As a bonus, the winner will also get a 30-minute phone call with Pillonel should they have any questions about how the world's first ‌USB-C iPhone‌ was born.

Top Rated Comments

Wildkraut Avatar
14 months ago
2022 Sept - Apple releases iPhone 14 Pro Super Maxi King with USB-C for $86,000

Poor Souls!

Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCCL Avatar
14 months ago
Wish I had so much money to burn it on something like this. I understand if it was an authentic prototype from Apple. But a third party mod (impressive, but a mod). Wow
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sanme Avatar
14 months ago
Ffs
Is this a prank????

I hope the winner is a 10 year old in Zurich with his 10th throwaway eBay account ??
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jjdodders Avatar
14 months ago
Wouldn't surprise me if Apple bought it from him.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mymychickenpie Avatar
14 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/11/12/iphone-x-with-usb-c-port-sells/')

Last week, an iPhone X modified with a USB-C port was listed on eBay ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/11/04/usb-c-iphone-ebay-auction/') as "the world's first USB-C iPhone ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/11/01/iphone-x-modded-usb-c-port/')," and now, a few days after intense bidding, the USB-C iPhone has been sold for $86,001 ('https://www.ebay.com/itm/165161363347?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&campid=5336804442&toolid=10001&customid=73726X1523000Xaab97069cf2e94f664ed78c3cfca821a').



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 ('https://youtu.be/FVEQJNRmfDQ'), it's garnered over 600,000 views and has been widely discussed across social media. The eBay listing, which lasted 10 days, had a total of 116 bids and 6 bid retractions. One bid earlier in the week topped $99,000.

From the iPad to the Mac, Apple utilizes USB-C ports for charging, data, and more. The company has relentlessly stuck to using its proprietary Lightning connector on the iPhone, and reports suggest ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/03/02/iphone-keeping-lightning-no-usb-c/') that it won't be changing anytime soon.

The iPhone X is a 64GB model, and the winning bidder will be receiving the iPhone X in its original box but without any accessories. As a bonus, the winner will also get a 30-minute phone call with Pillonel should they have any questions about how the world's first USB-C iPhone was born.

Article Link: iPhone X With USB-C Port Sells For $86,001 on eBay ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/11/12/iphone-x-with-usb-c-port-sells/')
“Sold item status: still awaiting payment”
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Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jamie0003 Avatar
14 months ago

I wonder how much a wireless charging iPhone would sell for....

In all seriousness do we really need to change the port when the functionality is basically obsoleted with wireless charging and data transfer? This is seriously the most frivolous thing I've seen. Europe should push for wireless instead of producing waste.
Uhhhh…. You do realise people use the port for more than just charging right? With the iPhone 13 pro, it supports prores video which can be 100s of gigs. Good luck porting that to a computer with wireless charging, or usb 2 speeds with lightning. Sure if you have a Mac you can airdrop, but it’s still slower and pros need fast speeds. If you don’t have a mac, it’s not possible

Also, wireless charging is NOT a viable replacement right now. It’s still much slower, you lose tons of power due to the nature of wireless charging (see apple’s MagSafe battery, which is pretty much useless) and at this time, it can’t transfer anything. In fact, if you had a portless iPhone, you won’t even be able to restore it if it gets bricked.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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