Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws

February 13, 2012

During a teardown at this year's DesignCon in Santa Clara, Calif., Kyle Weins, the CEO of iFixit, blasted Apple for switching out its Phillips screws for new tamper-resistant screws.

Weins, who has written a hardware manifesto stating that users should be allowed to tinker with their own devices, called the move "diabolical" on Apple's part.

"This is not a standard Torx, and there are no readily available screwdrivers that can remove it," he said, though iFixit has recently built a tool that can do the job. "Apple chose this fastener specifically because it was new, guaranteeing repair tools would be both rare and expensive."

Click the image below to view a slideshow of the iPhone 4S in various stages of disassembly:

The screw that Apple is using is similar to a Torx -- except that the points have a rounder shape, and the screw has five points instead of six.

Apple's service manuals refer to them as "Pentalobular" screws, which Weins admits is a fairly fitting description.

"This screw head clearly has one purpose: to keep you out," he said.

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