I'm an annoying phone snob. A tech snob, really. Full disclosure, too: I'm somewhat of an Apple hater. No I'm not the kind of Android fanboy that's going to go around and start declaring that anything Apple makes is garbage. There are definitely things that Apple gets right with the iPhone: they all use the same software iterations, so you know if someone's getting an iPhone update then you're getting it too. That's not the same with Android because there are so many different phone manufacturers using the operating system.
My biggest problem with Apple is value. You spend a hell of a lot of money and in my personal opinion, you don't really get that much for it.
But if there was a way to get Apple's products for a fairer price, I may be more inclined to get them, as I think many other potential buyers would be, too. Which is why this guy's video is so fascinating.
Because he was able to assemble an iPhone entirely by himself with basic tools and by purchasing official Apple parts. Even better? He did this with zero hardware assembly experience.
He made the phone while in China, perusing the Huaqiangbei markets for parts. For the purposes of the video, the phone ended up costing him about $1,000, a hell of a lot more than buying one flat-out yourself. However, that's because he ended up buying a bunch of parts and tools that he didn't need.
The final cost of the DIY iPhone 6s with just the necessary parts and tools? About $300, or half the cost of a new one from Apple.
There are some important takeaways from his video that he put up on his Strange Parts blog.
- iPhone 7 parts are still hard to come by. So if you wanted the newest model, you'll be outta luck.
- If you're getting a refurbished logic board, the touch ID on your new front piece won't work because they're paired with the original sensor, so no fingerprint recognition for you.
- It's cheaper to get broken screens and repair them. Otherwise, the screen will cost you the most.
- Legitimate Apple batteries are super cheap.
- It's super, duper, duper easy to assemble.
So if you've been itching for an iPhone but are short on cash and have some spare time on your hands, this might be the best way to go about getting your hands on one.
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