The iPhone doesn’t actually have a USB-C port, does it? Basically this is true, but a single Apple cell phone with USB-C instead of Lightning has now been sold. The price is tough.
Update from November 12th, 2021: The auction has now ended successfully. However, in the end the successful bidder had to “Only” US $ 86,001.00 counting. In the meantime, there have been bids of over 100,000 US dollars, but these turned out to be invalid.
The robotics student Ken Pillonel succeeded in something that Apple has withheld from its customers for years: he was actually doing handicrafts the first working iPhone with a USB-C port. Something that our readers want again and again. An older iPhone X serves as the basis. According to his own statement, it took him several months for the hack and explained his approach in a video on YouTube:
iPhone X with USB-C: Price reaches unimagined heights
Financially, the handicraft lessons should at least pay off for him now, because he sells the only existing device on eBay. A used iPhone X with 64 GB of storage usually doesn’t cost much more than 200 to 300 euros there, for the “prototype” with USB-C, however, completely different prices are currently being charged. At the time of the research, the value was already 100,100 US dollars with 173 bids (source: eBay). Currently, however, there is a price of 90,100 US dollars with 127 bids. The offer has probably been cleared of incorrect bids.
But it could be a lot more expensive because the auction is still going on. Pillonel advertises his device on eBay as “The world’s first USB-C iPhone”. The buyer does not receive any accessories for the iPhone X, but at least free, worldwide shipping and at least a 30-minute telephone conversation with the resourceful hobbyist.
Anyone who buys the iPhone also declares that they agree to some terms and conditions of coverage. That would be:
They will not restore, update, or delete this iPhone. You won’t be using it as an everyday phone. You won’t open it.
I guarantee the phone will work when you receive it, but if you don’t follow the guidelines above you are on your own. So you can do what you want with it, but don’t expect anything from me if you break something. It’s just a prototype.
For a long time Apple will not be able to hold onto Lightning as we did in the GIGA headlines from September already reported:
Apple’s position on USB-C
Worth mentioning: there is always an iPhone with a USB-C port in the rumor mill, but to this day Apple still only uses Lightning. In contrast, with newer iPads (iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini) and Macs, Apple is not averse to the standardized connection and has been integrating it for several years.