IPhone USB-C sells for $ 86,001

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What started as a simple engineering project has now turned into a major boon for the creator of the device after an auction for the world’s first USB-C iPhone ended with an auction. winner of $ 86,001.

Above last few weeks, master’s student Ken Pillonel’s project Adding a working USB-C port to an iPhone X has thrilled the internet. ULike many other shallow phone mods, Pillonel’s custom USB-C iPhone supports all features for charging and data transfer without impacting performance or the overall dimensions of the phone.

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In a recent video detailing the project, Pillonel showed how he had to not only reverse engineer Apple’s C94 connector in order to swap Apple’s traditional Lightning port, he also had to to create a personalized circuit board to go inside the iPhone while modify iPhone chassis to fit USB-C Harbor’s slightly larger connector. After succeeding in creating the world’s first iPhone with a working USB-C port, Pillonel put the phone up for auction on eBay.

However, as impressive as the project was, it was not clear where the final prize would land.. This is because after the initial auction started, around $ 1,000 (the price of a new iPhone), auctions quickly climbed to $ 30,000 before reaching $ 80,000, not to mention a few offers over $ 100,000 which were then retracted.

After all that, more an apparent troll $ 1 million offer–and the stipulations of Pillonel that the winner must not tear down, update, or use the custom iPhone USB-C as a daily driver, the auction officially closed this morning with a winning bid of $ 86,001.

Some might call Pillonel’s iPhone USB-C project a simple novelty, especially since it was created using an old iPhone X, but the bad winner from heaven and all the attention the project has garnered seems to be proof that people desperately want a USB-C iPhone.

And while some longtime iPhone users may be annoyed that they have to switch to a new port (again), with all of Apple’s new iPads, MacBooks, and desktop PCs already having one or more USB ports- C, it became clear thatthe iPhone is in fact an outlier even among Apple devices.

But at this point he Looks like Apple could make an iPhone entirely portless before swapping out its Lightning connector to USB-C. But for enterprising engineers like Pillonel and people with deep pockets, the dream of a USB-C iPhone is a reality.

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