p2pnet view P2P:- Hey! Want to buy an iPhone 4 liberation kit? Only $10?
Because you might need one.
The pic on the right isn’t some strange new gender symbol, or some such.
Clipped from a Gizmodo Australia story, it’s a representation of one of Apple’s latest ways to screw its customers.
On the left is what the top of a traditional Philips-head screw looks like.
On the right is Apple’s new ‘pentalobular’ screw, says the story, pointing to an ifixit (maker of the above-mentioned liberation kit) post which outlines the gruesome details.
Apple is switching to a new type of tamper-resistant screw”, saysc ifixit.
“This is not a standard Torx, and there are no readily available screwdrivers that can remove it.”
But “This isn’t the first time they’ve used this type of screw”, it says, going on, “it first appeared in the mid-2009 MacBook Pro to prevent you from replacing the the battery — and Apple is using a similar screw on the outer case of the current MacBook Air. This screw is the primary reason the 11″ MacBook Air earned a lousy repairability score of 4 out of 10 in our teardown last October.
Apple “chose this fastener specifically because it was new, guaranteeing repair tools would be both rare and expensive”, says the story, stating, “Shame on them.”
“They picked an obscure head that no one would have”, says the post. “This screw head clearly has one purpose: to keep you out.”
But there is an answer, it says. Get rid of “these pesky screws so you can use a normal Phillips screwdriver on them”.
Thus, ifixit says it’s come up with replacement Phillips screws so you can “reverse Apple’s dastardly handywork”.
It says it’s found a driver that works for the 5-point “Pentalobe” fasteners on the iPhone 4 case, adding:
“It’s not a true Pentalobe driver — the tip is more star shaped than ‘flowery,’ so there may be some slight play in the fit when using. This screwdriver gets the job done, but we don’t recommend it for repeated use. It’s really just a hack to get the screws out and then replace them with standard screws.
“So go ahead, set your iPhone free with our iPhone 4 Liberation Kit! Rid your phone of those terrible Pentalobe screws forever. The $9.95 kit includes a Pentalobe driver, 2 replacement PHILLIPS screws, and a regular #00 Phillips screwdriver.”
Now you know.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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