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How I Made My Own iPhone - in China

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I built a like-new(but really refurbished) iPhone 6S 16GB entirely from parts I bought in the public cell phone parts markets in Huaqiangbei. And it works! How much did it cost? Answer here: https://youtu.be/-KucQDXnKws 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. So 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. Well, I sat on it for nine months, and then I dove in. More details at: https://strangeparts.com/how-i-made-my-own-iphone-in-china/ My Gear: I shot it on this camera: http://amzn.to/2B0Snke And also with this: http://amzn.to/2BhdF1e And recorded sound on this: http://amzn.to/2CFuyPv Facebook: http://facebook.com/strangepartscom Twitter: http://twitter.com/strangepartscom Instagram: http://instagram.com/strangeparts_com Email Newsletter: http://strangeparts.com/ Special thanks to everyone that helped:Ian Lesnet (dangerousprototypes.com), Jin Lin (dangerousprototypes.com and flylin.co), Helen, Frank, David, Wyman from G-Lon Cell Phone Repair School (facebook.com/wyman.liu.1), Charles Pax (paxinstruments.com), Patrick O'Doherty, Matt Turzo, Richard Littauer, the EFF, Bunnie Huang (bunniestudios.com), Sean Cross (xobs.io), all the rest of my friends in China that have been supportive, and most importantly all the Huaqiangbei market sellers that were so generous with their time and advice!


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Strange Parts (6 months ago)
How much did it cost? Answer here: https://youtu.be/-KucQDXnKws
Rishfi Islam (2 days ago)
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Nxnx Msmsm (5 days ago)
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Coca Cola (8 days ago)
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Eric Kelly (10 days ago)
Strange Parts hello curious i have a samsung s7 broke the front glass how much is replacement front glass display & bezel here 200.00 bucks
Ignacio Lozano (1 hour ago)
make your own phone is hard
tam almeda (6 hours ago)
this is lit!! 🔥🔥🔥
Vesna Abramovic (10 hours ago)
Cool
BigPickl399 (12 hours ago)
remove bubble machine
Ramesses (14 hours ago)
sex?
Fabio (17 hours ago)
Nossa o cara é fudido velho seloco
VLAD _ ALBERT (23 hours ago)
весьма класно однако я не сообразил заглавие на руском а ти разговариеш на британском /ЛОГИКА/.
misterx zxc (1 day ago)
It's very exciting to hear that every electronic Chip's come from China and I bet even Intel and Nvidea and every electronic manufacturer s make their Chip's in China
Tahoor Kazi (1 day ago)
Hey i want to know can i get an custom made iphone 8 or iphone 7 from you? i will pay too
Nazia Jameel (1 day ago)
2018 anyone?
Martin Filimonov (1 day ago)
Now bring back the iPhone X fingerprint sensor
Nanyuan Chen (1 day ago)
這樣花了多少錢?時間成本?承擔風險?真的划算嗎?恐怕只有做來賣比較划算。
Kack White (1 day ago)
I doubt you actually built it. Probably use software from another device instead of doing EVERYTHING on your own.
gamer_louco (1 day ago)
Algum br por aki?
Lighta (1 day ago)
WHAT A ENDLESS INVENTOR YOU ARE SIR ! REALLY LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE & LOVE IT
Tsang Andy (2 days ago)
I just wonder all the parts are easily get from taobao, even the shop will deliver to where you locate, what makes you choose a hard way to finish it?
ThE BeSt ! (2 days ago)
amagin my dads phone was from china
ancient child (2 days ago)
this city is just heaven... wow, the amount of kilometers i had to travel around to find all those various parts..
Forest Taniguchi (2 days ago)
The cellphone teacher is a handsome man.
schaime Al-schamrie (2 days ago)
es gibt untertitel .das ist gut
Fuzu Sahibzada (2 days ago)
Hi now it's 2018 build a iphone x please and I Hope 50 million people visit your Video
Chris L (2 days ago)
getting the screen done was $75
rhehddhks (3 days ago)
lol wonderful
MrEndzo (3 days ago)
Remove bubble machine.
Fadz Bobby (3 days ago)
Its not about having it....but it is about learn something that you want...
The Reynolds (3 days ago)
Yep, absolutely no intellectual property theft in that place at all.
j0bski (3 days ago)
We should be able to customize phones this way, just like desktops.
Javier Verdejo (3 days ago)
the subtitles in Spanish are crap
Gumpert굼퍼트 (3 days ago)
이분 볼때마다 대단하다는 생각밖에 안든다..
Mr. Delphi (4 days ago)
I live in Japan, reasonably close to Shenzen, China. I need to pay a visit to Shenzen. I'll return with a suitcase of goodies. Thank you for this video!
海上巡逻者 (2 days ago)
now,Many other ecountrys ngineer in Shenzhen.Including Japanese ngineer.very interesting.
LAKster (4 days ago)
It's amazing how this type of gray market area has better customer support than apple itself. Kinda beautiful in a way that human touch to technology on this one!
Total cost.?
pavansiddhart h (4 days ago)
China rocks man
I am Hassan (4 days ago)
So iPhones made in China are way cooler after all 😁😀
Radio Beat Killer (4 days ago)
what a great project. ive been thinking of rebuilding my old iphone 6 too..
paxwallacejazz (4 days ago)
Wow congrats
paxwallacejazz (4 days ago)
My mom was extremely intellegent multilingual and ethnic Chinese from Indonesia so I never used to understand what she meant when she humorously quipped the Chinese are the Jews of Asia.
paxwallacejazz (4 days ago)
It's so much better that you're a geek on a mission. Travel guide the pits. So good for you.
Palika The Gopnik (4 days ago)
This should be called "hustling a DIY iPhone 6s".
Chris H (5 days ago)
Cool bro
Overkiller DARED (5 days ago)
I will never look at my phone the same way again 😭
AlienBelge (5 days ago)
I LOVE YOU AND VIDEO (I speak french and netherlands) xd x) :)
Hassan Shayan (5 days ago)
If there is a will to do some thing , we do get success in the end of the day Good job 👍
はな はな (5 days ago)
Cool good
pineapple juice (5 days ago)
Can you reset my iphone 4? To a new iphone?
Stalk N Stuff (5 days ago)
How mutch usd did this cost
Jeff Zhang (5 days ago)
this is fucking sponsored by the communist party
山崎勇吾 (5 days ago)
厨嘗肥組! 磨霽
The Average Guy (5 days ago)
Make your own AirPods and wireless charger
TeenHax , (5 days ago)
fake lol
LinkPotato (6 days ago)
because of this, i subscribed
_danialhesam (7 days ago)
the next steve job ? :)
PALM FRUIT (7 days ago)
Why isn't apple suing him?
le desire (7 days ago)
Van toi take me the localisation of their marcket
the_wizard_ Ice (7 days ago)
lol
TommyBoi (7 days ago)
and Apple makes hundreds of thousands of these a day 😬
Diverse (7 days ago)
I would not mind living there
best thing of Paris (7 days ago)
That's India never compete with China
zerocool gonna hack u (7 days ago)
Respect to The People helping you bruh but is this not Hella illegal since Apple own The right to make em?????? 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
zerocool gonna hack u (7 days ago)
That's sick cheap buks for a iPhone bruuuuhhhhh ima go to Chinatown and talk to My People about prices! 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
ITz_Tonyy_x (7 days ago)
i randomly selected this video ive subbed to your channel China is years ahead of anyone.
MKS (8 days ago)
woww
Miikel Martínez (8 days ago)
Wow! Increible ! -.- Enserio ? hiciste tu propio iPhone? Osea inventaste las piezas o que ? Porque lo unico que hiciste fue armarlo .-.
eta carinae (8 days ago)
Can i build my own GTX 1080 ti?
钟大 (8 days ago)
真黑。收480。哈哈。我们压一个80
Amir Ali (8 days ago)
how much it cost for you ?
Greetings from Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche Mexico, what would cost in China a logic for a SE of 64g?
Kushaljit Dey (9 days ago)
you really did great man
Robert Anitei (9 days ago)
You can do it on Earth everywhere ! Just in China it's the easyest to find them !
CRAZY joe (9 days ago)
I watched two videos and subscribed this was a great video.
Tie Hieng Yu (9 days ago)
OMG 480 Oxpensive Oo
Charles Grigg (9 days ago)
us cost?
Jabaone Lsn (9 days ago)
Pretty awesome!!!! Pretty awesome!!!!
Νοῦς (9 days ago)
Your worked hard on this
Νοῦς (9 days ago)
I'm so confused were those real parts or faked
Nicky Lema (9 days ago)
Can they unlock iCloud ?
CzarPeppers (9 days ago)
Apple must have been fuming angry while watching this.
de tudo um pouco (9 days ago)
Bu-ce-ta kkkkkkk
Joel Vazhakkalayil (9 days ago)
if i come to china will you help me out to shop for drone parts
Peter Kropotkin (9 days ago)
外国人猪。 你好傻。
TwerkToSpec (9 days ago)
This is the most fake suspense I've dealt with through the entirety of a video.
Adamoxii (10 days ago)
Designed by Apple in California Made by Strange Parts
Allan Amayo (10 days ago)
Does the touch ID work?
SONICFAN2016 (10 days ago)
China CHINA CUNAY
funa mota (10 days ago)
Build me iPhone 12
Jeffrey X Creative (10 days ago)
I noticed when he build finish, the first screen is iOS 9 and the next screen is iOS 10.
Michael Prince K (10 days ago)
why don't u built your phone made in America. China? hahs he dumb.
Michael Prince K (10 days ago)
I got smart phone made in America. iPhone suck! China can have iPhones bye👈👆👆👆👆
kev jaesome (10 days ago)
this video is fucken awesome iver watched this like over 5 times
Nick_428 (10 days ago)
The first stuff he says i need because my LCD and Digitizer are broken and my screen
Nick_428 (10 days ago)
I still i want a iPhone 6S i don't want high end phones tbh
哦嗄 (11 days ago)
华强北欢迎你。精仿一比一,谁买谁牛逼
Spooky 786 (11 days ago)
What an awesome video. Subscribed.
Holymoly s (11 days ago)
They did that because you are blonde, in china they like you
Carl Lachica (11 days ago)
Sir ???? Puwede niyo po ba ako bigyan Kung ano young mga bibilhin ko para gumawa NG iPhone ko
神虎強大 (11 days ago)
我喜歡你的影片
MoonDrops (11 days ago)
The screen guys are VERY good at their jobs
jack chung (11 days ago)
Whats a better name for a machine that removes bubbles then THE REMOVE BUBBLES MACHINE lol...
PI3TRO X (11 days ago)
Wow.
Jay Mantabote (11 days ago)
Make ur own dream phone

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