World's only iPhone with USB Type-C port sold for $86,000
The world's first iPhone with a USB Type-C port has been sold on eBay for a whopping $86,001 (approximately Rs. 63,97,000). Created by engineering student and technology enthusiast Ken Pillonel, the modified iPhone X comes with full data transfer and charging capabilities. It was first unveiled in October this year and was put up for auction on November 1. Here are more details.
Why does this story matter?
Apple has always used its proprietary charging port for the iPhone models. With this modified iPhone X, Pillonel has demonstrated that the tech giant can easily transition from existing Lightning to Type-C port. Apple's intentions to adopt this change will also affect its European market share, where the European Commission is mandating manufacturers to launch products with a common charging port i.e. Type-C port.
Here's how Pillonel engineered the USB Type-C in an iPhone
To make the USB Type-C port work on iPhone X, Pillonel first reverse-engineered the Apple C94 connector and made his own PCB board with a female USB Type-C port. Then he set the schematics for the project, tested, and fitted the port inside the iPhone. The owner is said to have acquired a "true piece of collection for any Apple fanboy out there."
Owner is not allowed to restore or update the handset
The owner of the only Type-C iPhone has to agree to a list of conditions such as not to restore the device, update or erase it, modify or fiddle with the internals, and also not use it as a daily driver.
To recall, the iPhone X has an OLED display
The iPhone X comes with a wide notch, a Face ID setup, and an IP68-rated build quality. It bears a 5.8-inch Full-HD+ (1125x2436 pixels) OLED screen with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. It is equipped with 12MP dual rear cameras and a 7MP selfie snapper. The device is powered by an A11 Bionic chipset and a 2,716mAh battery with 15W fast-charging support.