It would be possible for us, “lowly mortals”, assemble our own iPhone? This was an issue that remained for months in the mind of the tech-savvy traveler Scotty Allen. After coming and going to the China, he was tempted to enter the challenge of walking the streets of Shenzhen in order to find the parts needed to make your own iPhone – and that’s exactly what he did.
Allen focused on four main components: logic board, screen, battery and housing. Documenting everything in a 23-minute video and an article on his website, he comments that the intention was really to weld all parts of the device, but the task was more difficult than he anticipated. And this difficulty may be related to Touch ID and Secure Enclave, which might not work properly if handled in the wrong way. The solution was to buy a recycled logic board, with Touch ID and everything.
In purchasing all the necessary components, Allen spent around $ 300, which is almost half the original entry price of the device ($ 550). However, before we think that Apple’s profit margin is staggering, we also need to consider factors such as labor and the entire development process prior to production, as well as investments in marketing.
You may wonder why he did not choose to assemble the latest iPhone 7. He reported that by choosing the iPhone 6s, he could easily compare the device with his existing iPhone (which he bought at an official store in other occasion); another reason was the fact that the parts obtained were mostly from recycled or broken devices, so getting parts from the latest devices would be a much more difficult task.
Did I just find him looking like Rodrigo Lombardi? ?
If you don’t want to venture out to China in person, there is nothing stopping you from looking for components to purchase on some websites; the difference is that you will not be able to do like it (return / exchange in case of defect, at least not in a few days).
Does anyone take any chances? ?