What you need to know
- Gernot Jöbstl has transplanted a USB-C port into an iPhone X.
- Unlike previous port transplants, this iPhone X is waterproof even after the mod.
- The new iPhone will go up for sale on eBay next week.
Apple doesn't seem all that keen to bring USB-C to an iPhone and while there is still a chance that it could happen with iPhone 14, it does seem unlikely. But you can get your hands on a new USB-C iPhone X right now or, more accurately, once its auction ends. It won't begin until January 19.
This iPhone X was created by Gernot Jöbstl and unlike previous USB-C iPhone transplants, this one retains its water resistance. That, apparently, makes it the world's first which should bump the price up a little bit. That's probably fair considering Jöbstl had to go about creating a custom part to make the magic happen.
Check out the video explaining how the transplant went down.
It's fair to say that the finish could be a little better and as 9to5Mac points out, Jöbstl admits that his internal wiring "doesn't look so nice," too. But who cares if you're the owner of the world's first waterproof USB-C iPhone?
Sure, this probably isn't the best iPhone you can buy these days but the iPhone X was a watershed moment for Apple. Soon you'll be able to bid on a USB-C version of it and actually use it as a literal watershed of your own, too.
Because it's waterproof, see?
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