Another modded USB-C iPhone is going on sale, and this one’s waterproof

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This one's reinforced and waterproof, its maker said.
This one's reinforced and waterproof, its maker said.
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First a robotics engineering student made a splash late last year by modding an iPhone X with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port — and sold the device for big money. Now someone else is touting a similar modification, but this time the handset boasts a reinforced port that includes waterproofing. And yes, the tinkerer’s going to sell it soon — probably for more money than most people make in a year.

iPhone X with USB-C port hits eBay with bids at over $85,000

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iPhone with USB-C hits eBay
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Remember the iPhone X that was modded to use a USB-C port? The robotics engineer who created it this week listed the device on eBay, and it has already racked up more than 140 bids to reach an eye-watering $85,550.

The auction, which includes a 30-minute phone call with seller Ken Pillonel, still has seven days left to run. But Pillonel asks bidders not to restore or update the device — or even use it as their daily driver.

Skip iPhone 13 and bag a bargain refurb from just $99.99 today only

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Get yours before they're all gone!
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Not interested in splashing out on iPhone 13 or 13 Pro? Treat yourself to a more affordable upgrade instead. Woot’s insane sale on iPhone refurbs is back, and you can bag yours from just $99.99.

A range of devices, from iPhone 7 to iPhone 11 Pro Max, are currently available. Stock is selling fast and the sale is good for one day only, so enjoy it while you can.

iPhone X survives 11,000-foot fall from an airplane

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An iPhone X fell about 11,000 feet from a Diamond DA40 aircraft -- and survived!
An iPhone X fell about 11,000 feet from a Diamond DA40 aircraft -- and survived!
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You know how technology publications do “drop tests” on gadgets like smartphones, just to see if the thing is likely to survive if and when you knock yours off the kitchen counter? Well, an iPhone X recently passed an accidental drop test from 11,000 feet. From an airplane.

Man sues Apple after iPhone X explodes in his pocket

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iPhone XS Max
Bigger and better for your eyes.
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An Australian iPhone owner whose day job is working as a scientist at the University of Melbourne is suing Apple after his iPhone X exploded in his pocket.

Robert De Rose says that he was sitting in his office in 2019, with the iPhone in his pocket, when suddenly he felt an intense pain in his thigh. He was left with second-degree leg burns after the incident.

Save $105 on an iPhone X refurb before they’re all gone

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iPhone X
Pay just $495 for a limited time only.
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It’s a great time to treat yourself to an iPhone upgrade with $104.99 off iPhone X refurbs at Amazon. The discount reduces the price of an unlocked model with 256GB of storage to just $495.

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Bag a bargain iPhone refurb for as little as $119.99 today only

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iPhone XS box gold
Go claim yours before they're all gone!
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Woot’s spectacular sale on refurbished iPhones is back, with big savings to be had on a wide range of models. Prices start at a mere $119.99 for iPhone 7 and rise to just $509.99 for iPhone XS Max.

This sale is good for today (Friday, April 24) only. Enjoy it while you can!

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