How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

Summary: How does Apple screw up your iPhone? With screws, of course! But as the good folks at iFixit point out, these are no ordinary screws.

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How does Apple screw up your iPhone? With screws, of course! But as the good folks at iFixit point out, these are no ordinary screws. Early iPhone 4 handsets shipped with Phillips #00 screws holding the case together (these are the screws near the connector dock), which while being tiny, were easy to undo. But iPhone 4 handsets in other countries, as well as newer handsets in the US are fitted with different screws. No, it's no ordinary screw. It's a nasty, hard-to-remove tamper-resistant screws called a "Pentalobe." These new screws are NOT TORX screws, are NOT TORX security screws, and are NOT TORX PLUS screws. To make matters worse, if you take an old iPhone 4 into to Apple for repair, the old Phillips #00 will be replaced with these Pentalobe screws, making DIY repairs tricky. These screws are so tiny that they're easily chewed up if tackled with the wrong tools. But iFixit has a solution - the iPhone 4 liberation kit. This kit comes with everything you need - a Pentalobe driver, 2 replacement PHILLIPS screws, and a regular #00 Phillips screwdriver - to swap out these nasty screws with ordinary screws. Priced at $9.95 it's not going to break the bank. Apple also uses the Pentalobe screws inside the MacBook Pro and on the shell of the new MacBook Air (these are bigger than the tiny ones used on the iPhone though).

Apple's Diabolical Plan to Screw your iPhone from iFixit on Vimeo.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Smartphones

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  • Great title

    I think that's the best title for click-baiting I've ever seen. Nice :)
    oncall
    • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

      @oncall
      Who cares! I just like the word "Pentalobe".
      MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
    • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

      $9.95 for 2 screw drivers and 2 screws isn't bankk breaking but it certainly is highway robbery. and if u have the driver to take out Pentalobe, why would u need screws and the other. so not only highway robbery but palin stupidness
      bspurloc
      • I'm tempted to buy one

        @bspurloc

        Just to poke fun at my (I have every tool on the planet) neighbor. "Hey I'll bet you don't have one of these" mwuhahahah!
        oncall
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc : Well, you need "normal" screws to fit in the product. True - all you really needed is the Pentalobe screwdriver and not the Phillips.
        Gis Bun
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc
        You said palin stupidness... TeeHee.
        BL PUMPK9
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc

        Ten Bucks for a pair of screwdrivers and some screws? Maybe you guys never go to the hardware store for quality "electronics" screwdrivers. This is a good deal!

        From another source: Apple charges $29 for the pentalobe screwdriver to get the bottom case off, which is also needed to remove the battery from the 15" & 17" MBPros. They charge $32 for the tri-lobe screwdriver that's necessary to remove the battery in all 11" & 13" MacBooks.

        "To buy a pentalobe [screwdriver] from a reputable dealer you basically have to provide proof from the OEM that you're authorized to use one,"

        Makes you feel all soft and fuzzy about how much Apple loves us and is against the big brother corporations. Nice propaganda campaign they run.
        DiLambert
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc Why are you so cheap and stupid?
        dwiloch03@...
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc You CAN buy just the driver. I don't believe through iFixIt... I was told it costs less than $3, which is very reasonable for a low-volume, precision, specialty driver.

        But I'd probably buy the $10 kit... the two screws aren't something you walk into Home Depot for, and I'd burn a lot more gas and/or shipping funds on screws that might or might not be what I need, if my goal was "phillips or bust".

        Of course, with the pentalobe driver, you really don't need the phillips screws anyway, if you want the cheap option only. Options are good.
        geolemon
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc You need the screws and the standard Phillips driver because THE DRIVER iFIXIT IS SELLING DOES NOT FIT THE PENTALOPE SCREWS! Sorry for the caps. That's my rant.

        While the driver somewhat works, enough to remove the pentalope screws, it will damage them in the process.

        So they are selling you a screwdriver to ruin the fancy screws, and Phillips screws and screwdriver to replace the ones they just got you to ruin.

        All for the low, low price of $9.95, they provide you with the means both ruin and then replace. How nice of them!

        Lol

        I have Phillips in mine already, but if I needed I would get a proper driver, and do believe anyone who wants/needs to should be able to open their phone. But this little rant of ifixit is silly.
        lelandhendrix@...
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc
        Who is the stupid one. You replace the odd balls with standard for easy access down the road. Ten bucks for a custom made near impossible tool is not out of the way at all. Please stop voting.
        mturso
      • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

        @bspurloc if you listen to her she says that the driver is NOT a pentalobe driver it is a 5 prong phillips driver that removes the screws but renders them useless afterward, which is why you need the replacement screws.
        vonshavingcream
      • A pro uses the right tool for the job;

        @bspurloc ...and tools are expensive. These are about as economical as you'll find anywhere. Try buying one at Graybar.
        Papa_Bill
    • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

      @oncall
      Yes, it is a very clever headline. Well-done Adrian.
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • why not just sell the new screwdriver alone

    and leave the new screws in the case until the day you need to open it?

    this sounds like the manufacturer is screwing the consumer becasue we're paying for a phillips head screwdriver and screws we'll never need!
    Ron Bergundy
    • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

      @Ron Bergundy

      After watching the video, it appears that the driver included is ?5 sided? but may not be an exact pentalobe match. (probably to avoid the Apple lawyers) So there is a better than average chance that the driver will destroy the screws as you take them out. Hence the need for the extra screws and driver.

      Hey you don't have to buy the kit, you can always do it your self.
      pmcgrath@...
    • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

      exactly and paying $9.95 for $2 items total
      bspurloc
    • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

      @Ron Bergundy You can buy the screwdriver only... maybe not from iFixIt... but it's under $3. I forgot the source. I'm sure it's a quick google result away.
      geolemon
  • That's Apple for ya.

    They're one big proprietary machine.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: How does Apple screw up your iPhone?

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 : Yup. People complained about Microsoft's software. Of late, this, iTunes, OS X, ...
      Gis Bun