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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Comment by Sidux
by Sidux on Fri 8th Sep 2017 19:56 UTC
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Excited to see it.
What people tend to forget about Apple is that they are still obsessed with making devices thinner and thinner.
Before going all in with lightning cable they did try to make the audio jack thinner.
Not sure if cost of water resistance killed off that idea or simply they went all in with the new W chips they started integrating with Beats audio.
If it ever ends in being a finished design it doesn't matter really. Just being able to do whatever you want to a phone you bought and own is worth it.

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