In October, Ken Pillonel, a robotics engineering scholar, uploaded a video displaying how he created the very first iPhone with a USB-C port. A month later, Pillonel has bought the modified iPhone X on eBay for over $86,000.
The public sale began out at $1, however because the ten-day public sale progressed, that quantity shortly soared from the hundreds to a whole bunch of hundreds. At one level on the ultimate day of bidding, somebody positioned a bid of round $100,000 earlier than retracting it. The profitable bid got here in as a sum of $86,001, beating the earlier highest bidder by a greenback simply minutes earlier than the public sale ended.
Though the modified iPhone can help USB-C charging and knowledge transfers when linked, Pillonel forewarned anybody who received the bid that they need to not use the world’s first USB-C iPhone as their major smartphone. To make sure you don’t threat breaking the gadget, Pillonel additionally warned the customer to not replace or open the cellphone up and take it aside.
If you’re bummed about not having a shot at proudly owning the primary USB-C iPhone, there may be some luck. Earlier this month, Pillonel open-sourced his work on the challenge on Github. Containing data equivalent to technical particulars in addition to created the custom-made PCB design he used to create the USB-C port on the iPhone.
Pillonel beforehand stated that any cash he obtained from promoting the modified iPhone can be used to “shopping for specialised gear to sort out extra bold tasks.” Whereas additionally noting in his Github repository that he plans to broaden on the USB-C iPhone thought, together with in search of methods to help USB-C equipment and discovering a brand new (and small) waterproof connector.
It is attainable it will not stay a novel product to Pillonel for too lengthy, on condition that the EU just lately dominated that every one gadgets, together with Apple’s, should undertake USB-C as a common commonplace inside two years.
Taylor is the Affiliate Tech Editor at IGN. You’ll be able to observe her on Twitter @TayNixster.