"I love my iPhone, but it doesn't have a headphone jack! So I decided to add my own. For real."

Installing an headphone jack in an iPhone 7

#Telephone

Sat, Sep 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video, Scotty Allen explains how he went about installing a headphone jack in an iPhone 7, a feature that Apple mysteriously decided to omit. Judging from the amount of travelling involved, it is not something for the faint of heart. This is the same guy that built his own iPhone from parts bought in China.

I went through a ton of iterations and debugging to get this to work. The hardest parts were the electrical design and getting everything to fit inside the phone. Specifically, because I was using the logic from an Apple headphone adapter and a headphone jack from an iPhone 5, I had to find space to put them without breaking anything else. I feel like I got extremely lucky about finding space inside the phone. There was inexplicably a lot of extra room in the lower left hand corner, right where I wanted to put the headphone jack. And because I was connecting the headphone adapter to the lightning jack, I needed to figure out how to make the lightning jack still work for things like charging and syncing to a computer.

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