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Bringing back the iPhone headphone jack - in China
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by henderson101 on 2017-09-07 16:10:39

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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RE[4]: Too much work
By Fergy on 2017-09-08 16:11:38
> every time I end up going back to proper phone (with real buttons and 2" screen) in about half a year or so. I have now stopped trying and will not try any more smartphones in my life.
You don't use GPS, Music, Whatsapp, eMail, Webbrowsing, authentication, banking, Podcast, Youtube, Calendar?
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RE[4]: Too much work
By slashdev on 2017-09-08 16:57:58
You have TWO smartphones?.. Oh wow, I cannot stand even one for longer periods of time. I had many flagship smartphones, such as Samsung Galaxy S series, HTC's top of the line and more...

I actually have only 2 in regular use, and one that gets rotated in mostly because I am a developer (at least thats what I tell myself and my wallet...).

I used to have tons of separate commuting/travel devices (circa early 2000s): tablets, netbooks, handheld GPS, MP3 players, video players, game consoles, cameras. I think shrinking that footprint down to a smartphone or two has made me much happier.

I have an Iphone 7 Plus: due to needing an iOS device for dev and for some IoT devices, etc.

I have an LG V20. The user-replaceable battery is awesome and its now my goto travel and commute phone at the moment. I am quite sad that the V20 looks to be the last reasonable smartphone with a user-replaceable battery.

And I have a S7 Edge due to the amazing low light camera, and great general battery life, etc. It was my goto travel phone before the V20.

I plan to replace my S7 Edge with a Note 8 soon (or maybe sell it, and go back to "two" phones).
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Comment by Sidux
By Sidux on 2017-09-08 19:56:23
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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By Poseidon on 2017-09-09 05:20:34
That's some serious dedication. I wish apple takes it to consideration and perhaps custom phones too, like one without cameras with more battery life for corporate use?

One can dream. The only reason I'm staying with apple for the time being is heir incredibly long support for security updates. It is in many ways a better investment, and their physical security is also really good still.
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RE[6]: Too much work
By roytam1 on 2017-09-11 06:23:36
There is a campaign in indiegogo for making 60mm-wide android smartphone.
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Could be easier
By ThomasFuhringer on 2017-09-11 14:43:20
I know of a simpler way to retain hold of that headphone jack: Just get an Android phone.
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