Apple Using Special New Screws So You Can't Open Your iPhone

from the screw-you dept

One of the interesting questions we've been looking at for years is whether or not a business is an enabler or a gatekeeper. Being in the gatekeeper business can work for a period of time, but it's often difficult to sustain. Apple is an interesting company in that it certainly has elements of both, enabling in some areas, but being a very strict gatekeeper in other areas. As if to reinforce this point, Apple is apparently changing the screws on iPhones to make them much harder to open. Apparently, it's come up with a "pentalobe" design:
Not only that, but if you bring in your iPhone for repairs, Apple will replace the old screws with these new pentalobe screws to keep you from... well... screwing around. The whole thing seems really incredibly pointless. First of all, those who really want to open the phones will figure out ways to do so. I would guess that it won't take long for tools that work on such screws to hit the market. All this really does is frustrate iPhone owners by making life difficult for them. What possible good does it serve to have a non-standard screw system?

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    Cynyr (profile), 25 Jan 2011 @ 4:25pm

    Re: Re: Device over user

    I would just like to point out that just about every other smartphone sold these days has a user accessible battery. With daily charge cycles(probably the norm on the iPhone as well) how long will the battery continue to hold a charge? With my phone I simply buy a new battery from a host of suppliers and go on with my day. Also I can buy a second battery, keep it charged, and be back up and running in the time it takes to reboot the phone. Not 3-5 hours while the phone charges, longer if all i have is normal computer based USB to charge from.

    BTW, the MT4G(t-mobile MyTouch 4g) is only 1.6mm thicker than an iphone4, it is, however, slightly wider.

    iPhone 4: 5.4"x2.31"x0.37" 4.8oz 4.6153 cu-in
    MT4G: 4.8"x2.44"x0.43" 5.4oz 5.0361 cu-in

    Overall there is 0.4 cu-in more space in my phone and under the cover is access to the uSD card, and SIM.

    So in short apart from making the phone very very slightly smaller there is not reason for the non-removable battery, or the lack of uSD storage.

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