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Apple "screwing" new iPhones out of simple DIY repair

concealment (2447304) writes | about 2 years ago

Apple 3

concealment writes "Apple is making it more difficult for iPhone 4 owners to perform simple DIY repairs by replacing common Phillps head screws with a rare "pentalobe" screws. While newer iPhone 4s have included the screws from the factory, it is also Apple policy to replace any Phillips head screws with the new pentalobe screws whenever an iPhone 4 is taken in for service.

Wiens said that Apple had used a similar screw on early unibody MacBook Pros to secure the integrated battery, but later adopted a tri-wing screw for that purpose. The latest MacBook Airs, however, also use pentalobe screws on the outside case, making it difficult to perform what would otherwise be a simple swap of the SSD, for instance."

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Non-story (1)

Dopefish_1 (217994) | about 2 years ago | (#41769053)

Of all the things to complain about. The necessary tools are readily [amazon.com] available [ifixit.com] for purchase [sw-box.com] .

2 Year old story (1)

Dupple (1016592) | about 2 years ago | (#41769165)

The latest iPhone isn't the 4 and this story (Original Source) dates from Jan 2011 and it was discussed at the time if I remember correctly

back in the 70's (1)

fireman sam (662213) | about 2 years ago | (#41771759)

An electrical company decided that in order to prevent the users of their devices from opening them up, they designed a screw head that was not compatible with the common flat head type screws. This company was Philips.

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