As the European Union pressures Apple to move to unified charging cable Like other smartphone makers, an engineering student is about to show how it can be done. The effort has been going on for months, he says Apple Insiderwho first told the story.
Apple has already begun moving some of its products to USB-C ports, but its popular iPhone will carry the Lightning connector even in its latest version. Whether the company will fight the EU mandate or just follow it remains to be seen, but a robotics student in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,, Ken Pilonel, released a video showing how this can be done.
This is just a teaser to the actual video on how it can be done, which Pillonel is still editing. However, in a blog postPillonel details some of the pain it went through to make this a reality, and also provides some details on how Apple even controls what MFI cable makers know about their Lightning ports.
To redesign the Lightning port on the iPhone, Pilonelle first had to figure out how it worked and spent long hours unlocking Apple’s cables, which he said were “built like tanks.” After much effort, Pillonel was able to unravel the PCB of the C94 port that Apple uses and share an image of what it looks like.
He then managed to flip a port on a board that was too large to fit on the iPhone. After months of effort, he claims that he not only managed to put it on, but also to charge the phone and transfer data from it.
While we wait for the entire video to be released, it is unclear whether the master’s student will publicly announce how this can be done. It is extremely clear that making such a switch on your iPhone will void all warranties you are currently under. But in the future, when Apple eventually switches to USB-C port and yours favorite iPhone X falls apart, maybe you know where to look for someone who can turn it back on.