People have been calling for Apple to switch the iPhone from Lightning to USB-C for years now, but it turns out someone really wants that to happen more than most.

An iPhone X, converted to USB-C, has sold on eBay for a whopping $86,001 — making it the first USB-C iPhone ever sold.

Apart from having a USB-C port where a Lightning port should be, this iPhone X looks and works like any other. The iPhone’s creator was in the news recently after completing the USB-C transplant, and now their work has really paid off.

This is it. I’ve finally built the World’s First iPhone with a USB Type-C port. It supports charging and data transfers. The first part was about getting the electronics to work. Then the next step was to reverse-engineer the Apple C94 connector and make my own PCB with a female USB C port. Then the schematics for the project were set and tested and the final was to make it fit inside the iPhone! I’m very happy to show you this mod in the form of a Youtube Short.

There was hope at one point that a $1 million bid might have been legitimate, although that turned out to be a fake offer. However, $86,001 isn’t a figure to be sniffed at and this all just goes to show how much a USB-C iPhone is something people clearly want.

Unfortunately it seems more likely that Apple will ditch Lightning and go wireless rather than switch to USB-C.

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