By: +David Herron; Date: July 11, 2018
Scotty of Strange Parts has published several in-depth videos on building an iPhone, and building custom iPhones including adding a headphone jack to an iPhone 7. In this video he walks us through the parts required to build an iPhone from parts. This is not just the logic board, screen, battery, and case, but all the parts, as well as hints on which parts to be extra careful aboutl
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Full list of parts: http://strangeparts.com/what-parts-do-you-need-to-make-your-own-iphone/
As a practical matter building a phone from scratch requires access to the parts. The manufacturers do not sell these parts openly to anyone. Especially not Apple. The parts will be coming from broken phones, and therefore will be for one or two generations back.
In the video Scotty happens to have an iPhone 7, while Apple's current models are the iPhone 8 and iPhone X (two generations later). There are lots of iPhone 7 parts because of the number of broken or returned phones, and parts availability for the current generation is not so good.
Where to get parts? Scotty hangs out in the Electronics markets in Shenzen, which is where he gets the parts. Possibly the parts can be purchased via AliExpress or eBay. Or you can find broken phones via Craigslist or the like.
How to put it together? Scotty is going to make a video showing assembly. The awesome site is
iFixit.com, which has all kinds of repair guides for all kinds of products.