A mechanical engineering student changed the Lightning port of iPhone X to USB-C

Ken Pillonel

existEuropean UnionUnder the impetus of this, maybe consumers in certain regions will be able to see iPhones using USB-C in the next few years.But students of the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EFPL) Ken Pillonel Obviously, I can’t wait. This DIY expert with a background in mechanical engineering has successfully changed the Lightning port of an iPhone X to USB-C using reverse engineering a few days ago. In earlier blog posts and videos, he briefly introduced the process of reverse engineering Lightning and making PCB connector prototypes, and promised to post more complete videos on the Internet in the future.

In the early days of exploration, Pillonel discovered that Apple would sell the Lightning ports needed to make USB-C to Lightning cables to eligible partners. He managed to remove this component from the third-party data cable and removed some metal parts to expose the PCB. What Pillonel did next was to unplug the Lightning female terminal from the iPhone and at the same time solder the wire from the C94 connector to the PCB with USB-C. “After doing this, I have a working prototype.” Pillonel said, “Lightning is no longer there. Only USB-C is left.”

The next step is to “completely reverse engineer the C94” to achieve the goal of reducing all components to fit into a mobile phone. Judging from the videos that Pillonel has released, this part should be done well, but the details have to wait for him to explain in the full movie. For many users, they may dream of seeing USB-C on their iPhone, but if you don’t have the knowledge and skills of Pillonel, it’s best not to try to change the device lightly.

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