See what happens when a hacker tries to add USB-C to iPhone 11 Pro

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Scotty Allen taking apart an iPhone 11 Pro
Scotty Allen begins his quest to hack an iPhone 11 Pro.
Screenshot: Strange Parts/YouTube

Can you add USB-C to an iPhone 11 Pro?

The short answer is a “definitive yes,” according to YouTube host Scotty Allen, who quickly gained a following by documenting his attempts to build an iPhone from scratch and add a headphone jack to an iPhone 7 (both successes by the way).

Strange Parts host replaces iPhone battery the hard way

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Ever the enthusiastic DIYer, Scotty Allen replaces his iPhone 7 battery.
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Scotty Allen’s iPhone 7 battery was dying and, as you’d expect, Allen didn’t do the easy thing.

Rather than pay Apple to replace the battery or just get a new iPhone, the host of the YouTube show Strange Parts went on a vendor-to-vendor hunt in the electronics district in Shenzhen, China in search of a replacement battery.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Meet the hardware hacker who built an iPhone from scratch

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Meet Scotty Allen, the hardware hacker who built an iPhone from scratch.
Extreme hardware hacks are kind of Scotty Allen's thing.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Millions watched Scotty Allen build an iPhone from parts mined from Chinese electronics markets. While he loves the wild enthusiasm his iPhone-hacking videos spark, he says his Strange Parts series is really a “travel show for geeks.”

You’ll find his inspiring story and much more in this week’s issue of our magazine. It’s free and it’s fun to read on an iPad or iPhone. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes now. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Meet the guy who built an iPhone from scratch

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Scotty Allen
Scotty Allen takes his viewers to Strange Parts for unvarnished stories about technology.
Photo: Scotty Allen

Millions have watched Scotty Allen build an iPhone from parts mined from the electronics markets of Shenzhen, China.

DIYers and hackers write Allen, eager to repeat his geeky feat. So do people from third-world countries looking for an affordable way to get their hands on a pricey device that imparts status.

Allen, 39, loves the wild enthusiasm his YouTube videos have sparked, but the scratch iPhone isn’t the point.