Man creates his own WORKING iPhone out of recycled parts

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A plucky world traveller has created his own working iPhone out of recycled parts bought from Chinese markets.

Scotty Allen spent $1,000 on parts and used around $300 to create the actual phone – which is less than half the price Apple is charging for a new iPhone 6s.

The former California-based software engineer scoured the Shenzen markets to buy a recycled logic board and installed the display, a $5 battery and the back casing.

World traveller Scotty Allen created his own working iPhone 6s out of recycled parts bought from Chinese markets

World traveller Scotty Allen created his own working iPhone 6s out of recycled parts bought from Chinese markets

World traveller Scotty Allen created his own working iPhone 6s out of recycled parts bought from Chinese markets

He spent $1,000 on parts and used around $300 to create the actual phone - which is less than half the price Apple is charging for a new iPhone 6s

He spent $1,000 on parts and used around $300 to create the actual phone - which is less than half the price Apple is charging for a new iPhone 6s

He spent $1,000 on parts and used around $300 to create the actual phone – which is less than half the price Apple is charging for a new iPhone 6s

An incredible video shows the adventurer buying the parts at the markets and putting them all together. 

Describing his motivation, Mr Allen explained on his blog: ‘I’ve been fascinated by the cell phone parts markets in Shenzhen, China for a while. 

‘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.’

He added that he ‘jumped’ at the chance to build his own smartphone after hearing about it from friend.

‘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 said.

‘Well, I sat on it for nine months, and then I dove in.’

Mr Allen, who used to work at Google, bought a recycled Apple logic board with a processor, flash storage, Wi-Fi and LTE chips and other components on it. 

The former California-based software engineer scoured the Shenzen markets to buy a recycled logic board and installed the display, a $5 battery and the back casing

The former California-based software engineer scoured the Shenzen markets to buy a recycled logic board and installed the display, a $5 battery and the back casing

The former California-based software engineer scoured the Shenzen markets to buy a recycled logic board and installed the display, a $5 battery and the back casing

. Mr Allen, who used to work at Google, bought a recycled Apple logic board with a processor, flash storage, Wi-Fi and LTE chips and other components on it. The technical whizz also purchased a broken screen from a phone repair booth because he had 'an incredibly hard time' trying to buy a bare LCD and the digitizer

. Mr Allen, who used to work at Google, bought a recycled Apple logic board with a processor, flash storage, Wi-Fi and LTE chips and other components on it. The technical whizz also purchased a broken screen from a phone repair booth because he had 'an incredibly hard time' trying to buy a bare LCD and the digitizer

. Mr Allen, who used to work at Google, bought a recycled Apple logic board with a processor, flash storage, Wi-Fi and LTE chips and other components on it. The technical whizz also purchased a broken screen from a phone repair booth because he had ‘an incredibly hard time’ trying to buy a bare LCD and the digitizer

The logic board also came with a Touch ID sensor built into it.

The technical whizz also purchased a broken screen from a phone repair booth because he had ‘an incredibly hard time’ trying to buy a bare LCD and the digitizer. 

He completely disassembled and then reassembled it with new parts.

Mr Allen bought a rose-gold backplate with the Apple logo for the chassis and a $5 battery to complete the 16GB iPhone 6s.

The project took ‘a couple of months,’ he said, adding that even newbies could easily assemble an iPhone – likening the task to assembling your own desktop computer.

He explained that he chose to make an iPhone 6s over the newest iPhone 7 model as he already owned an iPhone 6s and felt it would be useful to compare his own to the recycled version.

The adventurer added that discarded iPhone 7 parts – being the latest product – were harder to come by.

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