iPhone enthusiast and world traveller Scotty Allen has taken upon himself to build a fully functional, like-new iPhone 6s entirely from recycled parts purchased in China. After spending a cool $1,000 in parts, he used around $300 worth of parts in the actual phone, or less than half the price Apple is charging for a brand spanking new iPhone 6s.

He obtained a recycled logic board with the Touch ID sensor included and installed the display, the battery, the back casing and other components bought in Shenzen.

He explained:

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.

So when someone mentioned they wondered if you could build a working smartphone from parts in the markets, I jumped at the chance to really dive in and understand how everything works. Well, I sat on it for nine months, and then I dove in.

Check out his video included below.

For those wondering, Scotty was unable to solder together his own logic board because, for security reasons, every Touch ID fingerprint sensor is cryptographically paired to the Secure Enclave within the Apple-designed A9 processor.

“I really wanted to solder my own logic board, but this turned out to be a much larger endeavor than I thought,” he said. However, it was easier to buy a logic board with the processor, flash storage, Wi-Fi and LTE chips and other components on it.


The four basic parts to make an iPhone: the screen, casing, battery and logic board.

He ended up buying a logic board refurbished from a real, legitimately purchased phone made by Apple that was recycled at some point and came with the Touch ID sensor.

He also purchased a broken screen from a phone repair booth because he had “an incredibly hard time” trying to buy a bare LCD and the digitizer. The screen was completely disassembled and then reassembled with new parts.

As for the chassis, he bought a rose-colored backplate with an Apple logo. The battery cost him just five bucks. He said he chose to make an iPhone 6s and not an iPhone 7 because iPhone 7 parts are at currently hard to come by in the markets.

IHS pegged bill of materials for the 16GB iPhone 6s Plus at $231.

Source: Strange Parts

  • Christopher

    I can’t imagine Apple being very happy about this

    • racerhomie

      I dont think apple cares,
      This makes them look good.He also praised Apple too.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Beam me up Scotty! No, not with your iPhone!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Don’t we know it costs less to make these phones then how much they sell them for? I feel that info isn’t new. But actually doing it yourself seems new to me.

    • 5723alex .

      He forgot to add Apple’s R&D, ….

  • Javier Lopez

    I would be willing to bet that Someone has found a way to pair a new home button to the secure A9 chip. With that said I’d also be willing to bet that it was the massive amounts of tedeious soldering involved that prevented him from using a new, barebones circuit board.

  • Amir Hossein Roohi

    Can u buy a logic board with an older iOS version so that after u have assembled ur iPhone u can jailbreak it?
    Thanks in advance

    • Bugs Bunnay

      yep 🙂

      • Amir Hossein Roohi

        So cool I have to try it at least once

  • Rowan09

    Nice job. People pay for convenience, warranty, etc which is not included in his pricing. Regardless he did a great job.

  • Jeff Watson

    I knew exactly what he left out as soon as he said the buttons were weird, I made the same mistake long ago. I was about to be amazed if he had assembled the logic board from scratch. I’ve replaced wifi chipsets on iPhones and it’s definitely a pain, I can’t imagine assembling an entire board.

    • Rowan09

      I know soldering like that is done by a machine and doing it by hand is definitely a pain.

      • Boris Aguiar

        No soldering it’s required. iPhone are the easiest of all phones to assamble

      • ryoo indisign

        Thats really true..

  • Boris Aguiar

    Give me logic boards and I can do way better. Jajaja

    • TRUST FALL

      suenas como panameño fren.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    That was extremely resourceful of him, good on him! We do take for granted the device we carry and use but an enormous amount of time, effort, diligence, talent and patience goes into creating, engineering, repairing, and—as shown in how possible it was in the video— to build these devices from scratch. I’ve been China about 15yrs ago and I can also attest as to how mind-bogglingly interesting and fascinating things are over there including the people. Excellent video!

  • credulousgeek

    I think i should build my own 6s plus after this video.