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This guy built his own iPhone by buying parts in China

Mashable | Freia Lobo | Friday, Apr 14, 2017

Developer Scotty Allen used to be an engineer in Silicon Valley, but now he's spending his time travelling the world making things. Allen is currently spending his time in Shenzhen, China, where he made his own like-new iPhone by buying the parts in the markets of Huaqiangbei, where all kinds of cellphone parts are available over-the-counter. Allen wrote about and extensively filmed the process, and he's a joy to watch.

He was inspired to make an entire iPhone when he was at a barbecue joint in China with people who are interested in electronics like he is, when someone said, "I wonder if you could build your own phone." When he set out on his quest, he wasn't sure if merchants would even sell him parts. Eventually, albeit with a few hiccups, he was able to build a completely functional iPhone.

Allen chose to make an iPhone 6S rather than the more-recent iPhone 7 for two reasons - first, he already owned a 6S so it would make for an easier comparison. More important, however, iPhone 7 parts are harder to come by in the markets. Allen suspects this is simply because the iPhone 7 just came out in September of 2016, and since parts tend to come from recycled or broken phones, the market for them hasn't expanded that much yet.

To make the iPhone, Allen used four basic parts: screen, shell, battery, and logic board. Allen said that the phone itself had parts worth about US$300(S$420). For comparison, an iPhone 6S from Apple starts at US$549.

For the screen, Allen bought a broken screen and had it disassembled and reassembled with new parts.

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