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http://www.gearlog.com/2011/01/iphon..._tamper-pr.php



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The company has begun using Pentalobe-screw heads on its devices. The screws apparently first started popping up on MacBook Pros in 2009, assuring that no one could get the pesky battery out of the thing. Next up, they began appearing on last year's MacBook Air, keeping the whole inside of the ultraportable off limits.

The screws were in place on a certain number of international iPhone 4 units, but not any of the ones that arrived in the first shipment of US handsets. Now, it seems, Apple has begun to install them on more recent phones
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post #2 of 95
It looks like someone has tried multiple times to unscrew two of those that are pictured.
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A plastic pen and a lighter could very easily remove those screws.
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Yeah, like these screws are going to stop anyone that determined to get into their iPhone
     
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I don't understand why they feel the need to tamper proof everything.... I mean once the consumer purchases an item, aren't they allowed to do whatever they want to it?

Apple seems too controlling to the point that they're preventing you from opening up the item you've bought with your own money. It's not like they're leasing it to you.

Required items to gut a iPhone has gone from a screw driver to a hammer.
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post #6 of 95
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post
A plastic pen and a lighter could very easily remove those screws.
This. I've used it with devices in the past.

I can only assume pentalobe screwdrivers will become more easily accessible as time goes on. Its only a matter of time before a shop in China or somewhere mass produces them.
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post #7 of 95
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Yeah, like these screws are going to stop anyone that determined to get into their iPhone
It'll dissuade your average joe.

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I don't understand why they feel the need to tamper proof everything.... I mean once the consumer purchases an item, aren't they allowed to do whatever they want to it?

Apple seems too controlling to the point that they're preventing you from opening up the item you've bought with your own money. It's not like they're leasing it to you.
They most likely did it in response to products being returned under RMA, having been damaged by idiots trying to fix their own computers. As has been said, it's not hard to still get in, but it dissuades those who don't really know what they are doing from having a bash at computer repairs.
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The chinese will start making screwdrivers just for these stuff.

I can already see money bell ringing on their door.
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i find it hiliarious a friend of my wifes $20k projector has std screws, but yet, an $800 phone doesnt.

oh and for anyone wondering, the family friend is a dr.

projector is a sim2. and yes, its epic to watch football on.
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Originally Posted by SniperXX View Post
This. I've used it with devices in the past.

I can only assume pentalobe screwdrivers will become more easily accessible as time goes on. Its only a matter of time before a shop in China or somewhere mass produces them.
There actually already is a mass producer in Hong Kong that sells 5 point pentalobe screwdrivers. They're $10 shipped if I recall correctly.

Edit: Yep. http://cgi.ebay.com/MacBook-Air-5-Po...#ht_500wt_1076

Lol at the feedback. Some idiot ordered one on the 16th, and on the 18th left negative feedback about not hearing from the seller. Fail buyer; eBay regulations are to allow 4-6 (or something) days for a seller to respond to any inquiries and the delivery method clearly states a 1/28 - 2/4 delivery estimate. Can't stand some of the morons that are on eBay that unfortunately make ridiculous claims.
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