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The world's first waterproof Apple iPhone with a USB Type-C port to go on sale soon

The first waterproof and USB Type-C iPhone will soon be available to order. (Image source: Daniel Cañibano)
The first waterproof and USB Type-C iPhone will soon be available to order. (Image source: Daniel Cañibano)
The iPhone is the only modern flagship series that lacks a USB Type-C port, with Apple remaining resolute of its proprietary Lightning connection. While an engineer introduced the first iPhone with a USB Type-C port a few months ago, it compromised the smartphone's water resistance. Now, someone has managed to accomplish both, which they will soon be selling.

A few months ago, an engineer modified an iPhone X, replacing its Lightning port with a USB Type-C port. The resulting Frankenstein iPhone sold for US$86,001, although it remains unclear if the auction winner paid for the device. Still, the 'World's First USB-C iPhone' came with several conditions, including a covenant not to 'use it as your daily phone'.

Also, the iPhone lacked water resistance, one of the device's selling points in some respects. Now, Gernot Jöbstl has announced that he has built a USB-C iPhone without compromising its water resistance. Like the previous project, Jöbstl has used an iPhone X, which launched in 2017. However, he has superglued the USB board, which provides a degree of water resistance.

Supposedly, the modified iPhone X can use its USB Type-C port for charging or data transfer, matching the Lightning port's versatility. As Jöbstl explains below, he will auction this modified iPhone X on eBay on January 19 to raise funds for other projects. Presumably, the USB-C and waterproof iPhone will not come cheap; Jöbstl will post a link in the description of his YouTube video.

Apple has already switched to USB Type-C ports for most of its iPad range. In fact, only the entry-level iPad remains on Lightning, with the iPad mini adopting USB Type-C last year with its sixth-generation model. The EU hopes to obligate electronics manufacturers to use USB Type-C in smaller devices, but that could be a few years away from becoming law.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-01-17 (Update: 2022-01-17)