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How Much Does it Cost to Make Your Own iPhone?

How Much Does it Cost to Make Your Own iPhone?


This is the number one question I get asked and the answer is... We'll get to the full answer shortly.

I also did my first youtube collaboration with china's first YouTuber. Well, I mean most people that know you as the iPhone guy. So I'd thought what we do is take this opportunity to just tell people who you are and give them a bit of a back-story totally. So they don't just call you hey it's that iPhone guy totally! And I flew around the world! I visited 4 countries, 6 cities, 3 countries.

I haven't designed that many circuit boards before and if you're like me this looks really intimidating and I spent a ton of time researching new more articles.

I've been getting a lot of emails and comments and messages from people with all sorts of questions. Unfortunately, I'm a little bit buried, and while I do try and read everything. I haven't been able to give everybody a detailed response and that makes me a little sad. But a lot of people ask similar or questions.

So I thought rather than giving everybody a rushed answer you know one on one maybe I could sit down and make a nicer article where I could go into more depth and really answer it in detail that does it justice.


How much did it cost you to make your own iPhone 6s?

There are a couple answers here.

I know the answer everybody wants which is $300. It costs $300 for the parts that went into the actual iPhone 6s I bought. Maybe a little bit more, but it in that range. But that's not the full story. I spent a lot more than that I probably spent over $1,000 on replacements for
parts that I broke on tools on buying the wrong part and then having me go back and get the right part.

I bought some books things like that so while in the end, the parts ended up costing me $300, nobody I know that's tried to make their own iPhone like I have has gotten away without having to buy extra stuff. Somewhere between $300 and $1000 is probably what you can expect to spend. If you come here to Shenzhen and try and build your own iPhone like I did, but I don't think this is the question that people actually want an answer to.

I think what a lot of people really want to know is building my own iPhone the cheapest way to get an iPhone and the answer is no, not really.

Let me give you a little bit more context for why I think that so this same phone that I built when I built it cost $600 new in the apple store. But a similar used iPhone would be like 250 to 350 dollars and if you think about it what I built at the end of the day really is a refurbished used phone the most important part, the logic board is a used part that came out of a working phone manufactured by apple. So you know while my phone might look a little bit nicer on the outside than your average used phone at the end of the day it really is a used phone.


My recommendation

If you really want an iPhone and you don't have a lot of money to spend looking for a good used phone. Look for a used phone that's maybe you know a couple of models behind you'll be able to inspect it. Make sure everything works and you won't run the risk of breaking. A really expensive part like breaking a logic board which would dramatically increase the cost for you and probably makes you really sad.

But if you're like me and you really want to understand how the side of an iPhone works, building an iPhone or repairing an iPhone is a great way to do it, so that's your motivation to go for it.

Now I've had some people who are trying to build their own iPhones message me and say the one part that they're having a hard time finding is the logic board which is you know really the heart of the phone. It's essentially the motherboard of the phone and unfortunately, I don't have a ton of great answers here, you know, the people that I buy from aren't really set up to sell online they only really sell in person. They're very small.

They don't speak English. Also, I'm not particularly interested in starting a business around exporting use iPhone parts out of china. The customs issues are pretty tricky there and just not something I'm interested in doing.

The best answer I can give you is to look at eBay.

But if you've got a better answer than that go ahead and leave it in the comments. Just don't post unrelated stuff. I'm gonna delete it and I'll probably ban you from leaving comments in the future.

Well, that about does it for this time guys. I did want to say a huge thank you to everybody that sent me story suggestions and ideas.

I've tried to read everything but I really haven't been able to respond to it all. I'm sorry to do feel free to keep sending me stuff. I do try and read everything. If you like it to show me some love in the comments and if you've got more questions you'd like me to answer leave those in the comments as well I'll read them all.

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