Apple Introduces “Tamper-Resistant” Hardware Screws, DIY Community Reacts
New hardware changes introduced by Apple spark an interesting debate about how much control manufacturers can really have over their products.
In the spirit of helping consumers better understand and repair their electronic hardware, iFixit publishes free, in-depth manuals encouraging people to open up electronics themselves. They have recently noted that Apple's iPhone 4 handsets are beginning to ship with a “Pentalobe” tamper-resistant screws, a model chosen “specifically because it was new, guaranteeing repair tools would be both rare and expensive.”
The switch has triggered a reaction among the DIY community that follows the sentiment of MAKE's Owners Manifesto “if you can't open it, you don't own it,” as manifest in iFixit's below video titled “Apple's Diabolical Plan to Screw your iPhone.” Given this response, what is interesting is the manufacturer's intent in a world where consumers themselves are increasingly able to produce their own tools and equipment.