Developer Scotty Allen used to be an engineer in Silicon Valley, but now he’s spending his time traveling the world making things. Allen is currently spending his time in Shenzhen, China, where he made his own like-new iPhone by buying the parts in the markets of Huaqiangbei, where all kinds of cellphone parts are available over-the-counter. Allen wrote about and extensively filmed the process, and he’s a joy to watch.
He was inspired to make an entire iPhone when he was at a barbecue joint in China with people who are interested in electronics like he is, when someone said, “I wonder if you could build your own phone.” When he set out on his quest, he wasn’t sure if merchants would even sell him parts. Eventually, albeit with a few hiccups, he was able to build a completely functional iPhone.