Wonder how a single person with a simple knowledge of phone repairs, like a battery or a screen replacement has built his own iPhone. Using spare parts which are cheap and plentiful, and arguably more convenient than fighting your way to the brilliance bar. With a little information and thanks to guides like iFixit and the magic of eBay made this happen in reality.
But what makes him genius is building an entire phone out of replacement parts. That’s a much harder task in any kind, especially when you’re working in Shenzen and barely speak the local language.
The YouTube Spare Parts channel set out to see the possibility of it for a layman to build an iPhone out of bits. This electronics hero is based out of Shenzen, which is the Chinese city famous for its role in the phone business. It’s where all of the assembly plants are located, including Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn. The markets there are infamously awash with eletronics components of every kind, so it’s good place to get required parts.
Finding those parts become somewhat not easy when you’re a foreigner with limited language skills is a whole other ball game. If the video teaches you anything, it’s certainly that assembling the phone is the simplest part: it’s trying to find the right shops for each part that’s hard.
By what means many individual components you buy also depends on your expertise and access to tools. I’ve replaced the entire screen on an iPhone before, changed the look of my hardware, but the repair shop used in the video actually made the entire screen until from scratch, starting with the glass and using specialized tools to attach each layer.
Here’s How I Made My Own iPhone – in China
I built a like-new(but really refurbished) iPhone 6S 16GB entirely from parts I bought in the public cell phone parts markets in Huaqiangbei. And it works!
I’ve been fascinated by the cell phone parts markets in Shenzhen, China for a while. I’d walked through them a bunch of times, but I still didn’t understand basic things, like how they were organized or who was buying all these parts and what they were doing with them.
So when someone mentioned they wondered if you could build a working smartphone from parts in the markets, I jumped at the chance to really dive in and understand how everything works. Well, I sat on it for nine months, and then I dove in.
Lets also do it ourselves then?