[NTLK] FW: iFixit: Apple ¹ s Diabolical Plan to Screw Your iPhone

Lord Groundhog LordGroundhog at gmail.com
Fri Jan 21 20:44:50 EST 2011

I don't normally forward stuff and especially not to a list, but this seems
important to us.  I don't like manufacturers telling me they're going to
stop me from repairing or modding something once I put my money down to own
it, and I see that there's a fair few of us who might feel the same.

So here it is.  The problem:  Apple wants to lock iPhone owners out of their
phones.  The solution:  ifixit is selling the key.  Check out the links for
the story and the photos that explain what's at stake, and see what you


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> ...
> This Issue
>   Apple¹s Diabolical Plan to Screw Your iPhone
>  Apple Is Turning Planned Obsolescence Into Planned Failure
>  Featured Guide: Replacing iPhone 4 5-Point Pentalobe Screws
>  Featured Product: iPhone 4 Liberation Kit
>    Apple¹s Diabolical Plan to Screw Your iPhone
> <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/y>
> Apple is switching to a new type of tamper-resistant screw across their
> product line. It is not a standard Torx, and there are no readily available
> screwdrivers that can remove it. They chose this 'Pentalobe' fastener
> specifically because it was new, guaranteeing repair tools would be both rare
> and expensive. The iPhone 4 originally shipped with Phillips screws, but
> Apple
> has transitioned completely to this new security screw. Shame on them.
> <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/j>
> This screw head clearly has one purpose: to keep you out. Otherwise, Apple
> would use it throughout each device. Instead, they only use it at the
> bulwark‹on the outside case of your iPhone and MacBook Air, and protecting
> the
> battery on the MacBook Pro‹so they can keep you out of your own hardware.
> <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/t>
> We have sourced a screwdriver
> <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/i> that works for the
> 5-point "Pentalobe" fasteners on the iPhone 4 case. We're selling the
> screwdriver along with replacement Phillips screws so you can restore your
> iPhone 4 
> <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/d>
>  to its original, serviceable state.
> We also have solutions for your MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. You can use a
>> 5-point MacBook Air screwdriver
>> <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/h>  to open your machine,
>> or the MacBook Pro 5-Point Torx Screwdriver
>> <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/k>  to remove your
>> laptop's
>> battery! 
>>  Read more <http://createsend.ifixit.com/t/r/l/ydjivl/ozntkdl/u>
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