Friday, January 21, 2011

Apple's going to screw you(r) iPhone!

Source: Tomshardware

Apple is screwing its products in a new way, literally. They are using a new type of screw, the "pentalobe" or "pentalobular", as it is called, which is a rounded, five-pronged screw.
While most electronics with tamper-proof screws use the Torx head – which is available for purchase, but not readily available in most households – Apple has gone a step further with something completely new that even DIYers can't get. They want you to stop snooping around with stuff you paid for.
The new screw first appeared in the mid-2009 MacBook Pro to prevent battery swaps, and now it's also standard on the new MacBook Air.
The iPhone 4 originally shipped with the Phillips head screws, but now those who have brought their phones into Apple for repair are getting their devices back with the pentalobe screw. Apple's certainly taken additional measures to make sure that customers can't freely open up their own property.
iFixit's posted some additional information and even makes a kit available with screw that will roughly fit the iPhone 4 to swap out for a Phillips. Apple sure are going to great lengths to make sure you don't have your cake and eat it too.

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