Watch a man mod a headphone jack into his iPhone 7


Apple may have been brave enough to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, but it's fair to say there are a lot of cowards out there who would love to get it back. But since it's become apparent that Apple won't be changing its decision on the matter any time soon, at least one YouTuber has taken it upon himself to fix this problem.

Scotty Allen, a.k.a Strange Parts, recently did a fairly impressive stunt by assembling his own iPhone 6s from spare parts, but his latest hack has a much more practical application. Namely, he managed to successfully squeeze a 3.5 mm jack into an iPhone 7 unit — but don't get your hopes for grabbing one for yourself just yet.

The whole process took more than four months and cost at least $1,000 in broken iPhone parts, and you can watch the detailed making-of in the video above. The end result can be seen at the 30 minute mark, and while it looks pretty good, it's still pretty obvious that this is just a hack.

In order to achieve his goal, Allen had to move some of the iPhone's internals upwards — including the battery and the Taptic Engine — and put a reconstructed version of the headphone jack dongle inside the empty space where the left speaker grille sits. Also, he designed his own custom printed circuit board to make the hardware interact well with the rest of the phone.

And while this does prove that a headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is a technical possibility, the huge amount of work and skill required make it a no-go for all but the most devoted enthusiasts. Still, Allen's reportedly printed several hundred of his custom PCBs in hopes Chinese manufacturers will mass producing modded iPhone 7 units.

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  • Storage 256 GB
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22 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

he should work for apple. has more courage than all of them.

3. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Not just courage but he has the brains of all the iPhone dev team combined. This puts Jony Ive's ideas to trash.

16. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Apple could find place for headphone jack, but they want more money for property lightning port headphones. Do not full yourself - they remove it intendedly.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple could have use the mini-jack in place of the 3.5MM. They also did a patent that actually cuts the headphone jack in half. Why didn't they use that? Apple just lazy. Saw a way to make money. Every company that makes headphones, has to license to make them use the Lightning port. But they could save money and just make them normally and force people to use Apple clumsy adapter.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

iPhone7 with 3.5mm jack? well, it's called iPhone6s

2. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Maybe he will make more money by his video than it cost him to build the jack.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"but it's fair to say there are a lot of cowards out there who would love to get it back." Um what? Cowards? Man the writing here is trash. Thank God for the comments adding some value lol.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I think they meant crowds

17. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It's a reference to the fact that Apple has been hilariously said to have had "courage" for doing the controversial things it does, like taking away the headphone jack. So in the same silly thinking, people who want it back would be considered "cowards"

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

That's how dictatorship work... Follow their leader = courage Going against it = coward

6. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Is it still waterproof?

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4203; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No, just like any phone, not waterproof. Also water resistance level wasn't a reason for removing the jack.

11. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

haha bring it to the apple store for warranty work :) Think they will bark about that little mod hahah :)

8. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"Cowards" - apple users that have different opinion than Kaloyan C. PA hit the new low..

9. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

This is priceless! He gave his permission to get a copy if his entire hack blueprints and be used to improve on his work.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This was a really great video. He paid a small fortune to accomplish this, and is now giving the work away free. It looks like you still can't charge and listen at the same time, though. That's unfortunate.

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple is pushing people to innovate. Thanks Apple....

13. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Yes , Apple pushed you to think of an innovative comment for once.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Now even people on the street are innovating more than Apple. I guess if you want an innovative iPhone, you've got to take matters into your own hands.

14. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I will be watching this. I was very fascinated by him building his own iPhone...

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Now they will sue him. Poor guy.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

After watching 50%, I stopped. Totally stupid and a complete waste of time. Buy an iPhone that has the jack. It isn't simple to just install a jack because it requires several wires. It needs power to actually drive your headphone speaker and it has to be fixed to carry audio. This is at least 4 tiny wires. Sto buying worthless phones that cost to much, and get a phone with what you need. If you know you want a headphone jack, buy a phone with it. If you know you talk to much on the phone, get one with a bigger battery. He is proof how dumb iPhone buyers are.

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