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

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[3]: Too much work
by CaptainN- on Thu 7th Sep 2017 20:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too much work"
CaptainN-
Member since:
2005-07-07

There is a blanket statement we can make - flagship Android devices (those in the same price range as iOS devices) do get very good battery life.

Yeah, the crappy Android phones all skimp and save on various components, but if you are willing to spend for an iPhone, and you spend similarly for Android, you'll get similar performance. And all the apps are the same at this point - anything worth a damn has been ported to Android at this point, and as Thom pointed out, often it has better interoperability with other apps.

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RE[4]: Too much work
by Morgan on Thu 7th Sep 2017 21:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Too much work"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah, the crappy Android phones all skimp and save on various components, but if you are willing to spend for an iPhone, and you spend similarly for Android, you'll get similar performance.


I think Apple woke up to this reality, which is why we have the iPhone SE. It gives you good battery life and all the same features as the flagship iPhones at half the cost, and still has that glorious headphone jack.

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RE[5]: Too much work
by WorknMan on Thu 7th Sep 2017 23:04 in reply to "RE[4]: Too much work"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I think Apple woke up to this reality, which is why we have the iPhone SE.


I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the iPhone SE. I have it as a work phone, and usually take it instead of my Pixel when I just need to access my Keep list or something, due to how much more pocket friendly it is. Only problem with it is that it runs iOS ;)

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