Thw new iPhone 13 is here, and Apple fans are still stuck with the old Lightning port ( at least for now ). Apple's stubbornness to switch has led to much digital ink being spilled , but an engineering student has chosen to actually do something about it. With a lot of determination, he replaced the iPhone X's Lightning connector with a USB-C one — and it apparently works.
Well, it's a bit more complicated to swap out ports than it would be on say a Fairphone , but it's not impossible either. The student, Kenny Pillonel, says that he reverse-engineered Apple's C94 connector to build a physical connector board (PCB) that supported USB-C. After that, he removed the Lightning connector from the iPhone X in question and replaced it with a USB-C female port. After that, the iPhone X was apparently able to be charged and transfer data with a USB-C port, just like any Android phone you can find on the market today.
"The motivations behind the project are simple. I just want an iPhone with USB Type-C on it. Why? Because everything I own has USB Type-C so it would be pretty neat to convert an iPhone, too. Have one charger and one cable to charge everything," Pillonel explained in a blog post. As far as motivations go, that's a pretty sensible and understandable one.
An iPhone with USB-C would also integrate quite well with the current Apple hardware ecosystem. Apple has shifted to USB-C on the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and MacBooks. This makes the company's reticence on USB-C for the iPhone somewhat frustrating, especially as Apple no longer ships iPhones with chargers.
Many have speculated that Apple's control over the Lightning ecosystem has been a compelling motivation for the company. Apple itself points to waste and innovation as reasons not to switch away from the Lightning port it's used for the better part of a decade.
Apple may be forced to add a USB-C port to the iPhone in the future anyway if the European Union has its way . Till that day arrives, this DIY project is our one peek into that future.
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