While some iPhone 7 users have adjusted to not having a 3.5mm headphone jack on their device, others still find it to be inconvenient. One of those people is Scotty Allen, who missed the headphone jack so much, that he took it upon himself to add one on his device.
The American engineer, entrepreneur and hacker Scotty Allen has modified his iPhone 7 to sport a headphone jack, and he shows the process of doing it in his new 30-minute video.
“I love my iPhone, but it doesn’t have a headphone jack! So I decided to add my own. For real.”
This task isn’t as easy as drilling a hole and adding a few plastic parts, it’s time-consuming, expensive and complicated.
“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,” Allen said.
In order to obtain the iPhone 7 of his dreams, he had to go through lots of debugging and many iterations. In total, Allen went through three iPhone 7 devices, a few screens, and several internal components.
“I ended up designing lots of circuit boards that were more complex than anything I’ve ever done,” says Allen. “I had three iterations of PCB designs manufactured, and 4 different flexible PCB designs.”
If you’re interested in seeing how Allen obtained an iPhone 7 with a headphone jack, you can watch the video above.