For those attempting to regain control over their own hardware, Weins said, the solution is to get rid of Apple’s “pesky screws” and replace them with the regular Phillips screws used in previous iPhone models.
iFixit is even offering an iPhone 4 Liberation Kit, which it’s selling for less than $10. It includes an improvised Pentalobe driver, two replacement Phillips screws, and a regular #00 Phillips screwdriver.
Get the right drivers! It's that simple! The fact is that a company will do what it wants to do for its reasons. One of those reasons may be to use nonstandard hardware to keep unqualified people from working on their product even when the it's been purchased and owned by the consumer. So, you know what? A qualified person will get the proper driver!
As a person who works on stuff all the time, I get the correct tools for the job as determined by whatever the manufacturer used.
What santimonious drivel. Simple answers are often best, don't buy CRapple stuff, don't hire people like you.
The attitude is what gets me.
Apple knows what is best for you. They may sell you stuff, but you are not REALLY capable of knowing what software you want, music you might want, or certainly repairing anything. The blatent attempts to patent the obvious, and even things first described by others. Apple knows all and owns all! (except for the parts known and owned by Disney of course)
Then there are those like you who encourage and justify such behavior. Really, what does programming proprietary chips have to do with any of this? People repair things with proprietary parts all the time. Sometimes with new third party parts and sometimes with salvage parts for dead devices. (ever seen a perfectly good phone with a broken display?)
"get the right drivers" ! Did you READ the article? Isn't the use of non-standard screws that drivers were not available for one of the points of the article? Didn't another poster mention their belief that now that the tool IS available CRapple would change to something else?
Get the right drivers! That's all it takes to remove the screws. Any tech worth his salt knows that.
Getting permission has nothing to do with it, skill and experience does. As I've stated in prior posts, are you going to find and program a proprietary chip? Are they going to sell you the programmed proprietary chip that failed?
I didn't sidestep you car thing, I ignored it. The same thing applies to them, if they use hardware then make sure that you have the correct drivers.
The hard-to-remove screws aren't to keep 'most' people out, they are intended to keep virtually everyoneout. Those manufacturers wouldn't care if it were Story Musgrave trying to repair his unit; they just don't want him inside.
And as soon as those hard-to-find screwdriver bits aren't so hard to find, the manufacturers will come out with another screw head type from their bag of duplicity.
As for enumerating the serviceable components inside, unless Apple has changed something in its licensing, the entire iPhone andthe components inside, every one of them, belong to the owner who might want to attempta repair. No permission required.
Defense of any such overprotectionism belongs in the cow pastures with what I refer to as trans-tertiary detritus.
I did note that jeffbiss tried to almost completely sidestep the car comparison. Cars which, at least on myplanet, have electronics, electrical system, mechanicals and an engine diagnostic jack which does not require FCC certification to use.
Do you suppose that the car manufacturers should change that jack type, or eliminate it completely, because some people capable of popping the hood aren't deemed capable (by the manufacturer) of using the code scanner?
If Bob Pease were still with us, this screw fiasco might well have inspired him to write a What's All This Screwjob Stuff? column.
You're just too much dude! The problem isn't that certain hardware is used, it's that you don't have the right tool to remove them. There's no conspiracy as far as I can tell. I bet that the vast majority of people who would take their thingy apart would end up finding nothing to repair.
So here's my challenge to you: provide us a parts list of repair parts that the ordinary person can buy and install. I'm also willing to bet that most people couldn't remove and install SMDs without destroying something. These things are not cars, nor are their innards machined parts.
I was ready to stop my iPhone fastener comments until I looked at the comments again and saw the 2012-02-14 4:40:05 PM post by jeffbiss.
How would he like his car hood similarly bolted shut with fasteners requiring new or hard-to-find tools that were as much trouble to acquire as the 'Pentalobular screw' bits or driver bits for other oddball fasteners?
How would he like being forced to have his car towed to the dealer or have that dealer come to him just because he needed something as simple as a jump start, but the car maker didn't deem him 'capable' of performing such a complex task?
If the owner of one of those handheld devices wants to attempt a repair on it, he should not be restricted by the duplicitous tactics of companies that seem to feel that they are the divine arbiter of everyone's & anyone's capabilities.
It's time to shelve that ultra-anal overprotectiveness and get on with living normal lives, unfettered by contrived annoyances.
Good story on fixing the phone, Leigh. My daughter forgot to take her iPod out of her pocket and it went through the washer and dryer. After that it didn't work. Somebody suggested putting it in the freezer. We did. The next day it was fine. I don't know what principles were involved in that solution.
Hah. My wife dropped her 3GS in the toilet. Because I was exceeding jealous of her phone I decided to fix it for myself. I pulled it completly apart. Replaced the battery. Scrubbed off the electrochemical corrosion. Got everything working except the camera. The phone is still working fine 12 months later.
Go Android !... Apple will do what Apple did in the 1980s that led to their first episode of demise; they will be come so incredibly exclusive and expensive that the Android Market will overcome them with it's many, many open opportuniites and selections.
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