A viral video (below) with more than 10 million views claiming the iPhone 7 Lightning port can be modified into a headphone jack has been debunked as an elaborate prank.
Some have complained the new iPhone 7 doesn’t have a standard headphone socket and uses expensive wireless earbuds.
The clip shows a man drilling a 3.5 millimeter hole into the bottom left edge of the smartphone held in a vise. It claims drilling into the second hole on the left reveals a hidden socket.
Once the hole has been drilled, the clip shows the smartphone playing music. However, the sound comes out of the speakers, not the white headphones now inserted in the new hole.
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The video was created by Taras Maksimuk, a Ukrainian YouTuber who lives in Sacramento, California, and “specializes in smashing technology for your pleasure,” according to his profile.
Some of his other videos include demonstrating what happens when you microwave an iPhone 7 and testing whether the iPhone 7 can survive in liquid nitrogen for five minutes.
Maksimuk has seven different videos where he wrecks an iPhone 7, according to The Guardian. Some of his followers have reportedly ruined their new phones, unaware his video was a hoax.
In the video’s comment section, users claimed to have performed the procedure and destroyed their smartphone in the process.
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One comment reads: “WTF??? F--- you! My screen turned black the moment I started drilling and now I can’t even open it.”
“TECHRAX YOU PIECE OF S--- I DID THIS AND THE SOUND DOESN NOT WORK AT ALL,” wrote another.
Someone else ranted: “ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I WAITD TILL MY DAD WAS SLEEP THEN I WENT TO THE GARAGE AND GOT HIS DIRLL AND DID THIS ND NOW MY IPHONE WONT NOT EVEN WORK!!!!! YOU ARE SUCH ASCUM BAG WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS IM GOING TO MAEK SURE YOURE UTUBE CHANNEL IS GETS SHUT DOWN.”
Drilling a hole in the bottom of the iPhone 7 does not reveal a hidden headphone socket and will destroy the phone's water-resistance.
Maksimuk’s video is the latest in a series of pranks directed at gullible iPhone users. Other pranks include convincing people that an iOS 7 update would miraculously make their iPhones waterproof in 2013. In another video, iPhone 6 users were deceived into microwaving their phones to extend battery life. All of these pranks resulted in users destroying their phones.