10 votes

How the world's first USB-C iPhone was born

9 comments

  1. [5]
    bilbodwyer
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    He's auctioning it off, and it's up to $3250!
    6 votes
    1. [2]
      JXM
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      Kind of takes all the fun out of it.

      By bidding on this auction you agree that:

      • You will not restore, update, or erase this iPhone
      • You will not use it as your daily phone
      • You will not open it

      Kind of takes all the fun out of it.

      5 votes
      1. teaearlgraycold
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        I mean… they can’t really stop you. I wouldn’t follow those rules.

        I mean… they can’t really stop you. I wouldn’t follow those rules.

        2 votes
    2. teaearlgraycold
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      Guaranteed we’ll see a Chinese company spin up a conversion factory for this product. With the cost vs. price it’s easy money.

      Guaranteed we’ll see a Chinese company spin up a conversion factory for this product. With the cost vs. price it’s easy money.

  2. teaearlgraycold
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    There's probably a real market for this kind of conversion - even if it costs a lot to do. The number of iPhone users is big enough that I could see someone doing this full time even if it's not...

    There's probably a real market for this kind of conversion - even if it costs a lot to do. The number of iPhone users is big enough that I could see someone doing this full time even if it's not that big of a deal in the end.

    4 votes
  3. [3]
    mtset
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    I must say, the phrase "the world's first [thing the brand has control over and is common in other brands] [proprietary thing]" is always funny to me. How was the world's first zero sugar Pepsi...

    I must say, the phrase "the world's first [thing the brand has control over and is common in other brands] [proprietary thing]" is always funny to me. How was the world's first zero sugar Pepsi born? They decided to make it.

    I get that it's very exciting, but the ultimate cause is always "some rich guys finally decided to do it" and that doesn't really interest me as a story...

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      pallas
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      While it's unfortunate that this is a video, rather than a written website, making it harder to see at a glance what it is, it seems to be quite different than what you are (rightly) decrying....

      While it's unfortunate that this is a video, rather than a written website, making it harder to see at a glance what it is, it seems to be quite different than what you are (rightly) decrying.

      Here, this is a person unrelated to Apple showing how they modified an iPhone by hand to have a USB-C port instead of Lightning, managing to fit the additional circuitry required entirely within the case, with quite impressively polished looking results. It is interesting as a custom electronics project: it isn't Apple deciding to do something entirely within their control (which would, as you point out, not be too exciting), and is probably something Apple would prefer to prevent.

      13 votes
      1. mtset
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        Well, catch me being a fool, then. :)

        Well, catch me being a fool, then. :)