A prank video showing how users can create a headphone socket by making a hole at the bottom of iPhone 7 has duped them into destroying their devices. The latest iPhone models do not have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, found in the previous models. The jack has now been replaced by an updated Taptic Engine.
The video was produced and shared by Sacramento, California-based Ukrainian YouTuber Taras Maksimuk, who runs a Twitter handle by name TechRax, which says Maksimuk "specialises in smashing technology for your pleasure".
The headphone jack drilling is not the only video related to iPhone 7 from Maksimuk. Some of his other videos are "what happens if you microwave an iPhone 7" and "can the iPhone 7 survive in liquid nitrogen for five minutes".
Not one or two, Maksimuk has seven separate videos showing him destroying the iPhone 7, suggests a Guardian report. The latest video about "Secret Hack To Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7" shows a man drilling a 3.5mm hole into the bottom left edge of the iPhone 7. It also shows the small holes on the left side that replace the headphone socket found in the iPhone 6s. Once the hole is drilled, the iPhone 7 plays music, but the sound comes out of the speakers.
This particular video has been viewed 10,710,458 times. It has received 141,186 likes and 89,373 dislikes, with scores of comments from users who ended up destroying their iPhone 7. Alongside revealing a hidden headphone socket, the drilling ruins the waterproofing of the handset.
"Dude WTF I tried this and now it's broken, I hate you dude, WTF this video sucks, you are stupid and retarded," wrote a viewer.
"F**K you, this broke my brand new iPhone 7, I hope you f*****g burn in the hell, you piece of s**t!!!!!!!!!!" said a user.
Another iPhone 7 owner said:"I drilled a hole in my iPhone 7 and it worked! Also!!!!! if you throw your phone off into the grand canyon and the put a jack-hammer to it it gives you unlimited apps for free and unlimited memory! Also another hack!!!!!!!!!! if you throw it into a volcano it will print money!!!"
Pranksters have been known to come up with such videos targeting the gullible. In 2013, pranksters managed to trick users into believing that iOS 7 update made their iPhones waterproof. Others were tricked into microwaving their iPhone 6 in a quest for longer battery life. In both the cases, the pranks ended up destroying the phones.