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

J.M. Heinrichs minicapt1 at mac.com
Sat Jan 22 16:50:33 EST 2011

See my second last sentence, it's a design decision.
Phillips-head screw are inferior fasteners and are prosaic to point of ugly. You can get away with using undersized drivers , and even no-srewdrivers on occasion. Imposing the 5-lobe head does not prevent one from opening the Mac; it merely requires one to acquire the proper tool in advance. They could have chosen another type of screwhead: would you be content with 'Torx' again? And the original 'anti-disassembly measures' on the original Macs was less the use of the Torx but rather the unnecessarily extra long screw holes put in the case, plus the case spreader. Dell, HP and other computer makers may be content with the Phillips screw, but that's no recommendation for Apple.
The 5-lobe screws are actually quite attractive, but my concern is whether they will holdup during disassemblies 'to see what's there'.

The proper Phillips screwdriver:
1 shot alcool, 
4oz orange-flovored Tang,
2 tablespoons Milk of Magnesia.
 minicapt1 at mac.com

On 22 Jan 11, at 3:39, Lord Groundhog wrote:

> ~~~ On 2011/01/22 05:53, J.M. Heinrichs at minicapt1 at mac.com wrote ~~~
>> Certainly; and if you wish to take apart your Apple product, use the proper
>> tools. Some people think a set of slip-jaw pliers are an adequate substitute
>> for a set of box-end wrenches, but it isn't true. It is also possible to
>> remove a nut from a bolt with a cold chisel; it becomes necessary if one has
>> had recourse to those pliers in the past. Apple has finally realised that the
>> use of the Phillips-head screw as a fastener detracts from the overall quality
>> of it's product. If it is too much for one to handle. buy a Dell product; or
>> Gateway.
> John,  I know you're right about what "some people" think and do when it
> comes to hardware disassembly.  I sometimes used to let those butchers talk
> me into trying to repair the mess they made.  Now I just say, "Wow!  That's
> some mess!  I think the replacement with a comparable machine is more
> expensive now" just because I'm getting older and crankier about people
> expecting me to fix that kind of thing now.
> But I'm not talking here about using proper tools to "peel an Apple", I'm
> talking about Apple trying to find a set of tools that only their techs
> (their 'the-turn-around-on-your-machine-will-be-at-least-a-week-and
> -probably-longer-now-that-we've-made-it-impossible-to-do- anything-
> yourself' techs) have.  I'm talking about Apple effectively locking their
> machines and treating people who buy their products like burglars.  And in
> particular, I'm talking about them wanting to keep their customers from
> doing even easy, routine maintenance.  This isn't like Ford telling me not
> to mess with the electronic ignition system in my car because it's too
> specialized, it's like Ford telling me I can't change the battery, top up
> the coolant or change my oil, and locking down the hood to make sure I don't
> try.  
> Just my two tiny and almost worthless copper coins of the currency of your
> choice.  
> Shalom. 
> Christian 
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