Apple invent star-shaped screw to keep you out of the iPhone 4
If you were to buy an iPhone, you might assume that as it was yours and you owned it, you would be free to do whatever you like with it. Such as open it up and have a poke around at its innards. If you were that way inclined of course.
You’d be wrong. Apple seemingly don’t want to you to do that, which is why they’ve developed a special new screw to stop you from getting into the wretched phone-a-meejig.
It seems that the most recent versions of the iPhone 4 are held together with screws that have star-shaped heads – for which it is said there are no commercially-available screwdrivers. The fiendish bastards.
The first run of the latest iPhone had standard Phillips-head screws, allowing easy access to the interior of your phone. But the new ‘pentalobe’ screws, which first appeared on the MacBook Pro in 2009, seem to be fitted as standard on the iPhone 4 these days.
What’s more, website iFixit claim that if you take your iPhone in for service, it will be returned to you with the new tamper-proof screws inserted where your Phillips-head ones would previously have been. As a response, iFixit have developed an ‘iPhone 4 Liberation Kit’ – and for that we applaud them.
What’s your view on this, avid readers? Should gadget-makers deliberately obstruct owners from self-repair and curious exploration? Or is completely up to them to build their shiny bleepy toys any damn way they see fit?