Thursday April 13, 2017

Guy Travels through China to Build His Own iPhone for $300

This seems like a lot of effort just to escape the Apple Tax, but it turns out that you can build your own iPhone by traveling the markets in Shenzhen, China. He claims that the finished iPhone 6S, which is fully functional and comes complete with a working Touch ID Home button, only cost around $300 in parts, although the tools and components he didn’t use brings the cost up to over $1K.

"I’ve been fascinated by the cell phone parts markets in Shenzhen, China for a while," Allen said. "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." According to his own estimates, while he ended up spending "well over" $1,000 for tools and components he eventually never put to use, he claims the actual parts he used to build the iPhone cost "around" $300 in total.