One less Lightning cable wouldn’t hurt us, on the contrary. Especially since Europe is focused on making USB-C standard for mobile devices. However, Apple is stubbornly sticking to its Lightning to the point where engineers are tweaking their iPhones now.
Or, at least, one of them is. Robotics engineering student Ken Pillonel posted a video on YouTube where he is swapping the Lightning connection with a USB-C one.
The short video shows a part of the process, with a full video coming later.
What is easy to see is the swap. Ken started by reverse engineering the Lightning connection. He pulled out a Lightning connector from a third-party cable, removed the metallic part and exposed the PCB.
Then, he took out a female Lightning port from an iPhone and connected the C94 board to a PCB with USB-C compatibility.
The prototype is enough to show the concept works even if Apple is keen on hanging to their Lightning for now.
What do you say? Would you try your hand to a DIY like this one? Or it would be more hassle than it’s worth?