To put it bluntly, Apple has a lot of money. Over $250 billion — nearly the GDP of Ireland — is just sitting offshore, waiting for the right project to come along. Well, I think we’ve found it.

A Chinese DIY genius has managed to piece together an “iPhone X Mini” from a few bastardized components and an iPhone 5. The end result isn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but it’s just a prototype. Imagine if Apple spent just a fraction of its resources to make this thing a reality. No notch, no oversized screen: just four inches of pure computing perfection.

He created a step-by-step video showing how he made the idea a reality. Mostly, it involves working out what components have to move, and which ones can be disposed with altogether. A virtual home button subs in for the real thing, the charging port is moved elsewhere, and the external speaker is nixed altogether.

The end result is packaged in a home-made custom enclosure. It’s not as much of a looker as the iPhone X, but I do like the completely transparent look.

In all seriousness, though, the iPhone X is just begging for a smaller version. Apple’s new phone fits a 5.8-inch screen into the same size body as the iPhone 7. It stands to reason that Apple could also make a very usable 5-inch screen fit in a much smaller body, and we could reclaim the same kind of one-handed use as we used to get with the old iPhone 5.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.