An engineering student has materialized something that many of us have been dreaming of for years: an iPhone with a USB-C port. It took several months of work to implement the port on an iPhone X, fully functional both at the level of file transfer and charging.

Pillonel, the engineering student who has achieved this milestone, explains in a YouTube Short how he has managed to overcome this challenge, reverse engineering the iPhone connector itself and manufacturing its own motherboard that includes the USB-C port.

The iPhone with USB-C that no one can buy

As we read on Apple Insider, an engineering student has been the first person to achieve a fully functional USB-C port on an iPhone. Ken Pillonel, a robotic engineering student, has been working on this project for months, reverse engineering the Apple connector to achieve a functional USB-C.

It has taken months of work, disassembling and restructuring the internal components of the iPhone and applying reverse engineering to make the port functional

The process has been documented on his blog, where he explains several of the steps necessary to make it work. It has been necessary change even the motherboard to enter one with the Type-C port. The main challenge was minimize the size of the necessary components to introduce them in the iPhone X, in which the small size of the Lightning port is studied to the millimeter.

After designing the blueprints, disassembling the iPhone, reverse engineering, and adding its Type-C port, you’ve obtained an iPhone with type C functional, both in charge and in connection with a computer.

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This modification comes in a context of the European Union demanding the charger for 2024, a date in which we may see before an iPhone without ports than an iPhone with type-C.

Via | Apple Insider