SACRAMENTO, Calif. – YouTube video of a man drilling into his iPhone 7, claiming to unlock a ‘hidden’ headphone jack, is going viral.
The latest addition to the iPhone line comes with Apple’s new Lightning port instead of the standard headphone jack, a change that hasn’t gone over well with some consumers.
Playing off those sentiments, Ukrainian YouTuber Taras Maksimuk, who lives in Sacramento, California, published “Secret Hack to Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7” to his channel TechRax.
The video shows him placing the iPhone in a vice and using a 3.5mm drill bit to make a hole in the left, bottom corner of the phone.
“This video is for those who don’t want to get $159 wireless AirPods or have to insert your headphones into an adapter every time you listen to music,” Maksimuk writes in the caption of the video.
Maksimuk inserts his headphones into the new hole in the phone (which is somehow still functioning) and plays music – which appears to come from the device’s speakers, not the headphones. Aside from the obvious reasons not to drill into one’s iPhone, boring a hole into the handset will also puncture the iPhone 7’s water-resistant membrane.
While one might not think a warning about drilling into a brand new iPhone 7 should be necessary, Maksimuk claims angry viewers have been contacting him after destroying their own phones in search of the alleged, hidden port.
Here is a sampling of the YouTube comments:
“Help! Now my old headphones fit in but the phone doesn’t work anymore!”
“Hello TechRax, I drilled the hole in it. The headphone doesn’t go all the way in. Do I need to drill deeper? Also my phone turned of because of low battery I think. I’m charging it for an hour now it doesn’t turn on, is this normal?”
“I tried this, and now there’s no sound coming out my phone. 😡”
“sound is only coming out of one earbud wtf. i used 9/64. wrothless (sic) video”
“What the hell man! You ruineded (sic) my phone. I tooked (sic) it back to the Apple store and they will not fixed it for me. I want to sticked (sic) that drill up yo dirty a**.”
Anyone who actually took the TechRax video seriously clearly didn’t read the channel’s “about” section, in which Maksimuk claims he has been “Smashing technology since 2011.” In the other videos he submits phones to trials such as the “Boiling Hot Water Durability Test,” the “Hammer and Knife Scratch Test” and the “100-foot Drop Test.”