Man Builds His Own iPhone From Recycled Parts He Found in China

Man Builds His Own iPhone From Recycled Parts He Found in ChinaMan Builds His Own iPhone From Recycled Parts He Found in China
A man from California recently went on a mission to assemble his own fully functioning iPhone out of recycled parts from Chinese markets and the result was pretty impressive.
For his project, software engineer-turned-adventurer, Scotty Allen spent months foraging through the electronics markets in Shenzhen to buy re-usable parts and construct his phone, Daily Mail reports.
The former Google employee documented his project via his blog and YouTube channel, covering how he bought parts such as a $5 battery, casing, logic board and other iPhone components from the markets and assembled them into a working unit.
“I’ve been fascinated by the cell phone parts markets in Shenzhen, China for a while,” Allen wrote in his blog. “I’d walked through them a bunch of times, but I still didn’t understand basic things, like how they were organized or who was buying all these parts and what they were doing with them.”
According to Allen, a friend’s idea inspired him to undertake his mission.
“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,” he explained. “Well, I sat on it for nine months, and then I dove in.”
Allen first got himself a recycled Apple logic board complete with components such as a processor, flash storage, Wi-Fi, LTE chips, and a built-in Touch ID sensor.
With the help of very accommodating phone repair booth technicians, he was able to salvage a broken screen which they tore and reassembled to make it like new.
To complete Allen’s iPhone 6s, he used a rose-gold back casing and a $5 battery.
Although Allen spent almost $1,000 on parts overall, he actually used only around $300 to create his own iPhone 6s. It is quite a feat, considering a new one costs around at least $600. Allen thinks anyone can accomplish what he did, saying assembling an iPhone as easy as assembling a desktop computer. 
Allen’s project has since gone viral, amassing almost 2.5 million views on YouTube in just two days.
Watch his project come to fruition here:
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