If the rumors are to be believed, Apple might have a future iPhone that is completely free from ports. This means that there is a chance Apple might skip USB-C and go straight from Lightning to portless. Of course it remains to be seen if that will happen, but that did not stop engineer Ken Pillonel from creating his own iPhone with a USB-C port.
The modified iPhone X was then put on eBay for auction where it went up to as much as $100,000. Now according to a report from Gizmodo, the auction for the phone has ended where the winning bid was a staggering $86,001. It seems that there might have been some joke/troll bids because there were some bids over $100,000 that were later retracted.
That being said, $86,001 is still a lot of money and we’re not sure if the winner will actually be willing to pay that much for it, so there is a chance this could fall through. However, it is a very interesting and a very difficult mod to pull off and it’s not just about taking out the Lightning port and putting in a USB-C one.
According to Pillonel, he had to actually reverse engineer Apple’s C94 connector and create a custom circuit board, while modifying the chassis to make sure it fits the USB-C’s slightly larger connector. This means that a lot of work was put into it and maybe the $86,001 price tag could be justified.