Someone Swapped A Lightning Port To A Samsung Android Phone Because, Why Not
You might remember a few months ago that someone took an iPhone and transplanted a USB-C port into it, replacing the Lightning connector in a move that many hope will be a foretelling of something Apple will do one day.
Now, that same person has done the reverse — added a Lightning port to something that already had USB-C. In this instance, it was a Samsung Galaxy A51 that went under the knife.
The swapout was just as complicated as you might expect and there is a YouTube video showing that the new port does indeed work in the Samsung phone, although it did require a bit of work.
Engineer Ken Pillonel who did the swapout says that he had to deal with the Lightning cables sold by Apple being a little too smart for their own good. Pillonel was speaking with Engadget.
The Lightning cables sold by Apple are not “dumb.” They will only charge Apple devices. So I had to find a way to trick the cable into thinking it was plugged into an Apple device. And the whole thing needs to fit inside the phone, which is another challenge in itself.
Still, the transplant was done and it works. Now we just need someone at Apple to decide to do the same thing. It might be too late for this year’s iPhone 14, but who knows. Maybe we can get this all squared away by the time Apple announces the iPhone 15 lineup!