Apple’s Diabolical Plan to Screw your iPhone


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If you’re a modder and have an iPhone 4, check out this video about Apple’s insidious new plan to keep you from tinkering with the innards of your precious phone.

Edit: After watching this, be sure to read Bobcooley’s interesting comment below!

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12 Responses to Apple’s Diabolical Plan to Screw your iPhone

  1. "Apple's Diabolical Plan"? When did this turn into FOX News??

    Nice fear-mongering :)

    Pentalobe heads are actually much better for extremely small screws, they strip out less frequently than phillips. Its one of the reasons that german auto manufacturers use them on precision parts.

    News flash – pentalobe drivers aren't rare, nor are they expensive. Anyone who is a serious tinkerer, should have a full set of Torx, and a pentalobe driver if you do any work on automotive electronics (in addition to the other various drivers used). They are easily and inexpensively obtained from automotive repair stores and suppliers, and I'm sure there will now be a booming business selling them on ebay as an "iPhone specialty tool".

    Nice ad for the overpriced kit at iFixit, though; WHICH by the way DOES NOT include a pentalobe driver; they include a five-flange phillips so you can remove (and possibly destroy) the pentalobe screw, and give you replacement phillips screws to put back in their place.

    The screws aren't tamper-resistant (as stated in the vid), either – they are precision screw-heads. If you you are the type of person who has torx or penta drivers, you are likely the type of person who would be taking apart your iPhone for self-repair. If you have a 'normal' toolbox, you are probably better off taking your phone into the 'genius' bar, anyways.

    Sorry if this comes off crass, but this is a non-story (its really more of an ad for ifixit's kit).

    It would be better just to buy the correct tool, than to come off like chicken little…

    • "They are easily and inexpensively obtained from automotive repair stores and suppliers"

      That's weird then… I can't find any pentalobe screwdrivers on Google Shopping except for ifixit.com and partsquad.com, but there are hundreds of hits for Phillips screwdrivers. What am I doing wrong? :(

    • "Sorry if this comes off crass, but this is a non-story (its really more of an ad for ifixit's kit)."

      Sorry if i seem like a jackass, but the FIRST thing you see in the video is an ifixit logo. Of course it's an ad for their stuff.

  2. I'd like to add to the excelent comment by bobcooley and possibly make myself look rather foolish in the process. Here goes. I may be wrong about this but the last I heard about it was that if you by and Apple product then you're only buying the right to use the item. Apple still maintains ownership of the item. If this is the case then her comment about as far as she's concerned once she's bought it it's hers to do with as she wants is bogus and naive. This would also mean that they don't have to ask permission to change the screws. Like I said I might be wrong on this but that's what my uncle told me and he's an apple maniac. If I'm wrong then please tell me.

    • That's just what the companies want you to think.

      Sorry. If I'm taking delivery of a physical item like that, then I own it, the company no longer has any say in how I handle the hardware. The only way they get to dictate that is they're going to have to do per-month rental, where you're mandated to return it when you no longer with to pay every month.

      Yes, this is a very black and white way to handle it, but I'm really tired of the progression of 'you don't really own that hardware now'.

    • I think where the confusion here has to do with the software (the operating system, etc).

      When you by a computer product, the software on it (OS, Apps, etc) are typically held under a EULA, which is a license for you to use the software – you are licensing the software, you don't actually own it (right or wrong, that's how it works).

      But with the iPhone, you are actually purchasing the hardware, and can do what you want with it. It may void the warranty, but it is yours.

      Jeff is absolutely correct about the rental situation – you see this with Cable boxes; when you get a box from Time-warner (etc), you are actually leasing it from them; cannot modify it, and have to return it when you no longer have the service.

      The iPhone is yours to do with as you want.

    • I think where the confusion here has to do with the software (the operating system, etc).

      When you by a computer product, the software on it (OS, Apps, etc) are typically held under a EULA, which is a license for you to use the software – you are licensing the software, you don't actually own it (right or wrong, that's how it works).

      But with the iPhone, you are actually purchasing the hardware, and can do what you want with it. It may void the warranty, but it is yours.

      Jeff is absolutely correct about the rental situation – you see this with Cable boxes; when you get a box from Time-warner (etc), you are actually leasing it from them; cannot modify it, and have to return it when you no longer have the service.

      The iPhone is yours to do with as you want.

  3. Uggggh… "Geek Chick #1" was utterly unconvincing. It was weird to have her repeating this heavy handed rhetoric in such a blah way. "Before we continue, (hair flip) we should talk about something that really makes me angry. (giggle) Apple are a bunch of theiving a-holes! (Sunshine!)"

  4. The edges on the driver at Amazon doesn't have the rounded edges like the "flowery" shape of a pentalob screw. I suspect that somebody is selling a 5-sided philips screwdriver and calling it a pentalob driver.

  5. I want to add an amendment to what I posted earlier. I understand that its isn't a 'common' tool. It certainly isn't as common as a philipps driver.

    But I've had one (a penta) for several years now, in addition to a full set of torx, 3 and 5 headed phillips, and more specialty drivers (security torx, hex, etc). As someone who tinkers with a lot of electronics, and who has done a lot of his own car-repair in the past, I've always either had tools on hand, or have had to purchase the random tool here or there for something I have had to fix.

    My main objection to this video is the use of fear to create a market. 99+% of the people who own an iPhone should never open them. Of course it is anyone's right to tinker with, and fix their own property (especially if its out of warranty), however that doesn't mean its the SMART thing to do.

    Most people don't feel the need to be opening up their television, toaster, take the head off of the engine of their car, but by telling people they CAN'T, this video has created a new market, and will undoubtedly sell many of their kits to people who feel the need to 'LIBERATE' their phones.

    Viva La Revolucion!

    I find it convenient that they didn't announce this on their 'show' until they had a 'liberation kit' available for people to purchase…

    Your automobile is FULL of parts that require specialty tools. If you want to tinker with your car's engine, you will need to purchase a lot of specialty tools work on it (including many tools that only work on a single part).

    Kudos to them for some brilliant marketing – but for the most part they will be selling 'liberation kits' to many people who will never need them. And this 'rallying call' has spread across the internet with false information like California brush-fire.

    On an unrelated subject – I'm now selling Snake Oi.. er, I mean "Miracle Hair Tonic" on my website – guaranteed to liberate your follicles… :)

    • This is laughable. Especially the ease of spotting the fan boys.
      I repair PCs, worked in construction most of my like, and tinker/mod all the time. I "probably" own more tools than all the other posters here combined (?) and I've never heard of a pentalobe driver before and neither has my spellcheck.
      The crack against Fox was real subtle also. Yeah, we get it. Most thinking people do.
      Better luck in the future
      .

  6. My psychic foresight sees several companies manufacturing screwdriver tips specifically for this, and Apple suing them for patient breaking.