Despite the fact that some places like Europe are seeking to unify the connector used by phones, tablets and other electronic devices, Apple remains faithful to its patented Lightning connector and those who yearn to see an iPhone with USB-C will still have to wait.
However, robotic engineering student Ken Pillonel has been able to modify an iPhone to have this type of connection thanks to his work and ingenuity. As he shows us on his YouTube channel, Pillonel has placed a working USB-C port inside an iPhone X with which it is possible to charge and transfer data without using Lightning.
Pillonel has spent months working on this project in his spare time while pursuing a master’s degree in robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Pillonel reverse engineered Apple’s C94 Lightning connector, creating its own flexible circuit design to feed into the iPhone via USB-C.
It is not the first time that this young man shows his talent with reverse engineering applied to hardware. Last year it showed on its website how he modified a wireless charger for Xiaomi car, to be compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
For now it is impossible to know if Apple will launch an iPhone with USB-C or if the company will even opt for an iPhone without ports that completely dispenses with a connector at the bottom. The latter has been widely rumored in recent years, even reputable analysts as Ming-Chi Kuo They’ve been talking about it for a long time.