It’s All Magic

Recently this showed up on my timeline. Apparently, people have been destroying their phones by drilling holes to put phone jacks in.  There’s just one problem.  There is no way that that would work.

“I committed the biggest mistake of my life”: iPhone 7 Owners Destroy Phones After DRILLING Their Own Headphone Jack

All of the fuss seems to be about this video.



The video rather colorfully shows a phone being put into a large machinist’s vice(with hard jaws) and drilling a 3.5 mm hole in the case and deep into the phone.  The    video maker seemingly   just drilled the hole and away you.

Clueless iPhone 7 owners tricked into DRILLING hole in their phones to ‘get a headphone jack’

A lot of people were fooled by this apparently. Their desire to believe that that is they could do one simple thing and all would be solved a was so strong that they

First of all that hole in a jack is not really a hole. It’s what we in the business call a “receptacle” and there’s some pretty intense engineering going to o make sure that when the jack is plugged in, the is contact made. For thousands of insertions. Reliably.  This is a variation of what’s in the hole of a phone receptacle.

The “hole” is actually a carefully toleranced arrangement of Precision sheet metal parts designed to be folded so that a contact is always made in the right place with whatever of the variations of this very old jack standard.

There was no way this was going to work. Still people wanted to  believe. That need was so strong that people were willing to drill holes in expensive telephones. The thing is, it takes far  less effort these days to check things.  It’s not hard to find a teardown site with the facts about what exactly Apple put in there. Instead, it seems that people wanted drill the holes and believe.


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