Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Sep 2017 16:10 UTC, submitted by henderson101

Remember when Scotty Allen built his own iPhone from parts bought in Shenzhen? This time around, he ups the ante and adds a headphone jack to an iPhone 7. He had to design his own custom circuit board, have it printed, and build it into his iPhone 7. It's an amazing project, and it's an incredibly interesting 30 minute video.

I've spent the past four months in Shenzhen, China, modifying an iPhone 7 to add a fully functional headphone jack. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has done anything like this.

In April, I decided to finally upgrade my iPhone 6s to an iPhone7 to get better camera quality for the videos I was shooting when I was out on adventures in the industrial markets and manufacturing world. But I was super annoyed that it doesn't have a headphone jack! I already have headphones I really liked, and I didn’t like the idea of having to keep track of an adapter just to use them.

So I figured I'd add my own - after all, how hard could it be?

It turns out, really really hard. But possible.

He sent the circuit board he designed and built to Apple, and open sourced all the schematics needed so those with the right tools and expertise can build it at home.

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RE[2]: Too much work
by slashdev on Thu 7th Sep 2017 19:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Too much work"
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Having both an iphone 7plus and an Galaxy S7 Edge, the Edge runs circles around the iphone when actually doing things like GPS, long 4k video shoots and watching lots of high res videos on long flights, even listening to podcasts! you just cant compare 3,600mAh vs 2900mah batteries.

GSMArena has probably the most comprehensive battery tests out there:

With that said, Most android phones have tiny batteries, and horrible internal memory transfer rates (due to most only having 8GB or 16GB) so I can totally understand if people have never actually used a good android phone.

Also, A reason you'd want an iPhone is the same reason I have one, I have a lot invested in the apple ecosystem, plus I actually prefer the iOS UI most of the time (though android is improving at an amazing pace...if you are willing to pay to keep up).

I wonder if I could build an iPhone 7 Plus with a larger battery....thats gotta be easier than a headphone jack....

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