This Guy Built an Entire iPhone 6S Using Spare Parts He Bought from China

Shelby Rogers

There are fewer events more satisfying than completing a challenging build. That pride gets slightly bigger when the tech build has a ton of tiny pieces or, in the case of this video, is something as complex as an iPhone.

Scotty with Strange Parts decided to build his own iPhone 6S 16GB purely from parts he purchased in public cell phone markets in China.

"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 said in the Strange Parts blog post. He tinkered with the idea for nine months before finally committing to the project.

If he's going to build an iPhone, why not just build the iPhone 7? Well, Scotty had two reasons for not building iPhone's latest model. First, he already owned an iPhone 6S. He wanted to build a duplicate for the sake of comparison. By building against a device with which he was familiar, he could fine tune details unlike the guesswork he would need with the iPhone 7. The second reason, however, he said was much more practical. He had little luck with trying to find and buy iPhone 7 parts. Scotty chalked this up to possible high demands or a lack of product being available.