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Apple's Giving its Customers a New Kind of Screw

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 77 comments

Apple's got a new way to screw your iPhone 4.

There's a new type of screw that Apple is putting to its customers. We'd like to call it the iScrew, but the technical name for it is the "pentalobe" or "pentalobular," 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.

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.

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    joytech22 , January 21, 2011 3:40 AM
    What's Apple got to hide?
    If you buy something you should be able to do whatever you want with that object even if it means pulling it to pieces.
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    haunted one , January 21, 2011 3:36 AM
    Awesome. Stealing customer rights and blocking access to their own property.
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    lifelesspoet , January 21, 2011 4:13 AM
    Best. Headline. Ever.
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  • 25 Hide
    haunted one , January 21, 2011 3:36 AM
    Awesome. Stealing customer rights and blocking access to their own property.
  • 32 Hide
    joytech22 , January 21, 2011 3:40 AM
    What's Apple got to hide?
    If you buy something you should be able to do whatever you want with that object even if it means pulling it to pieces.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , January 21, 2011 3:49 AM
    A simple gem set screw driver with a extra small point can get it if you apply enough pressure and get the angle just right.
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    jimmysmitty , January 21, 2011 3:51 AM
    joytech22What's Apple got to hide?If you buy something you should be able to do whatever you want with that object even if it means pulling it to pieces.


    You forget. Apple is all about control. That's why they control the hardware in a Mac, the software on their hardware and even the little components in each device. Going Apple means you don't have control over pretty much anything. Notice how they don't allow Flash on iOS? I'll bet they soon block it from being developed for OSX.

    That's one of the biggest reasons why I don't have a single Apple product in my home. That and I can't justify paying 2x or more the price. My LG Ally with FroYo can do everything the iPhone 4 does and it only cost $25 bucks.
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    pocketdrummer , January 21, 2011 3:52 AM
    Give it time. Someone will develop a screw driver (apple priced, of course) in a little while.

    This is why I built a PC...

    On another note, Torx is better than Phillips. It's designed NOT to strip out, as opposed to phillips, which is actually meant to strip after a certain torque load.

    The Apple "torx" is just a douchy move.
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    lifelesspoet , January 21, 2011 4:13 AM
    Best. Headline. Ever.
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    coffeewow , January 21, 2011 5:03 AM
    You can already by the correct screwdriver on ebay for 8.99. Just search for Pentalobe.
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    alyoshka , January 21, 2011 5:06 AM
    You're screwed..... now that for sure :)  Giving a whole new meaning to the screwing the customer business
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    Thor , January 21, 2011 5:07 AM
    And later they will not permit to use their products without our finger print.
    Apple is a big joke.
    Just lucky for now to have no competition.
    But they will stay like that forever even when they will have less than 1 bilion in the pucket searching for what they sell no more products.
    Smile
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    Thor , January 21, 2011 5:07 AM
    And they are people who think JObs is a genius.
    Hahaha
    And other they are generous.
    Sure miserly people are generous.
    :) 
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    bobusboy , January 21, 2011 5:17 AM
    alyoshkaYou're screwed..... now that for sure Giving a whole new meaning to the screwing the customer business


    In apple speak they'd say you're helically wrapped around an incline plane.
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    bobusboy , January 21, 2011 5:19 AM
    plain*
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    renami9 , January 21, 2011 5:35 AM
    SCREW YOU!!
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    abottig , January 21, 2011 5:36 AM
    Does this make anyone else really really mad?
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    maxh2 , January 21, 2011 5:40 AM
    No, plane was the correct spelling.


    They probably have a patent on the pentalobe screwdriver and gonna start prosecuting people who try to sell it... What a huge turd apple is.
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    lashabane , January 21, 2011 5:54 AM
    abottigDoes this make anyone else really really mad?

    No, I have other things that are much more pressing.
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    iamtheking123 , January 21, 2011 6:21 AM
    Wait a few months and you'll be able to buy the screwdrive for .99 on ebay from China.
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    andyhowells , January 21, 2011 6:32 AM
    Some one will creat a tool suitable to this iScrew like ifunia develops video converter for ipad's limitation of video supporting.
    detailed information of the solving process in theory:
    http://www.ifunia.com/video-to-ipad-converter-mac.html
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    eddieroolz , January 21, 2011 7:37 AM
    I thought I saw it before but it was simply a Torx head. Oops.

    On a side note, those screw heads look like the cherry flower emblem of Japan :p 
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    bonezy , January 21, 2011 8:51 AM
    bobusboyplain*


    You were right the first time with 'plane'.
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