Apple Discouraging DIY Fix

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 20 January 2011 14:48

Apple Devil

If any of you have recently sent in your iPhone 4 for repairs, or have a mid-2009 Macbook Pro and new Air, you have probably noticed that they no longer use only Torx and Phillips-head screws. Apple has now adopted a new "pentalobe" head in order to keep people from trying to fix or modify their Apple products. The US iPhone 4 usually ships with regular Phillips-head screws, but if you have gotten it repaired by Apple, they most likely switched out the regular screws with their new tamper-proof screws. The mid-2009 Mabook Pros and new Airs also use this screw. If this isn't bad enough, if you want to get the screw driver, they're very expensive and very, very hard to get if you don't have an Apple repair certification. So if you prefer to repair your own stuff, what are you to do? Well, the guys over at ifixit sell a product designed to remove the screw, and include in the packet two regular Phillips screws. This most likely will destroy the original screw's head, but why would you need it? Check the link for more information and a video about it.