A robotics student Ken Pillonel managed to mount a working USB-C port on an iPhone X, and last week the prototype went on sale. Last night the auction ended, and after 116 bids, the winning one was $86,001.
The bid was steady at $85,000 last week, and in the past few days, it managed to climb up to $86,001. There were some offers above that, but those were later retracted, including a spoof bid for $1 million that was deleted less than an hour after being posted.
According to Pillonel, the first step was to make sure the electronics work, then he reverse-engineered the Apple C94 connector and create a custom-made PCB with a female USB-C port. Once the schematics were done, the port was fitted into the phone which then worked effortlessly.
The winner gets a “true piece of collection for any Apple fanboy out there”, as the engineer put it, but the new owner must not reset, update, or erase the device, as well as use it as a daily driver. He shouldn’t tinker with the internals as well, but it’s not like any warranty will be void if he does so.