The first USB-C iPhone thanks to a mode.
Apple did not make the USB-C iPhone despite years of rumors, but it did not stop the robotics engineering student from making it. Ken Pellnell has a working USB-C port inside the iPhone X, which allows the phone to charge and transfer data to USB-C instead of lighting.
The panel has spent months in its spare time on this project. Apple Insider, And USB-C Plenty of USB-C and Lighting cables to reach the iPhone’s ultimate goal. The panel originally built a simple prototype in May that allowed the iPhone’s battery to be charged on the USB-C port. The proof of concept was big enough and didn’t fit inside the iPhone, so the next step was to remove all the wires and squeeze it inside.
Pelonell has reverse-engineered Apple’s custom C94 connector, creating its own flexible PCB design that fits inside the iPhone. The panel unveiled the flexible cable in a final teaser video this week, which shows how the iPhone X charges USB-C and transmits data. A full video is currently being edited, detailing how the panel managed to reverse engineer the C94 connector and fit its custom PCB inside the phone.
The USB-C iPhone comes just weeks after the European Commission announced plans to force smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to install a common USB-C charging port on their devices. Apple could be forced to build an iPhone with USB-C in the next two years, or launch a portless iPhone that relies on wireless charging.
It is not clear if the panel intends to release details of its custom flexible PCB so that others can try to modify it. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL. It has previously used its capabilities to modify car mounts for Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, allowing 3D printing mode to allow the Xiaomi Mi Wireless Car Charger to work with the Galaxy Fold.