Office Trend – Pentalobe Screwdriver Opens Your iPhone 4

Anyone who owns an iPhone 4 is probably aware of those unusual-looking screws that hold the iPhone together. Well, those screws are called pentalobe screws, and until now they were nearly impossible to remove. Apple uses these screws in order to prevent people from tampering with the device, but a company called ifixit has just released a $10 kit which includes a pentalobe screwdriver (an item that was previously incredibly rare), 2 PHILLIPS screws, and a PHILLIPS screwdriver so you can replace Apple’s pesky pentalobe screws.

iPhone 4 Pentalobe Screw

According to ifixit, “Apple chose this fastener specifically because it was new, guaranteeing repair tools would be both rare and expensive. Shame on them.” Also, Apple used these screws to “keep you out of your own hardware.” If you think this doesn’t apply to you because your iPhone 4 has PHILLIPS screws in it, think again. If you take your iPhone to an Apple store for repairs, they’ll replace the screws with these dastardly pentalobe screws.

I agree with ifixit here. Apple surely makes very well designed products, but their control over these devices comes at the expense of customers’ control over their own purchases. If I can’t even open it, is it really mine? I think not.

What do you think? Do you think Apple should be reprimanded for this unbridled control of your own device, or is this acceptable?

  • Wow! Just “Wow!” I don’t have one and stuff like this doesn’t make me a fan! Bravo to ifixit for coming up with a way to circumvent their nefarious plot (and make money in the process). Wish I could have done it! LOL!