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iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits" 260

netbuzz writes "In a clever bit of self-promotion, the do-it-yourself repair evangelists at iFixit announced today that they will be giving away 1,776 free 'iPhone liberation kits' that will allow Apple customers access to the inner workings of their devices by replacing the difficult-to-remove pentalobe screws with standard Phillips screws. 'Get a free insurance policy,' iFixit says. 'In the unfortunate event that your iPhone needs repair, you will be set to make any necessary fix. For situations when you need to get the battery out of your iPhone as quickly as possible—such as after dropping the device into water—you will be ready.'"
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iFixit Giving Away 1,776 "iPhone Liberation Kits"

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  • by dwightk ( 415372 ) on Monday June 24, 2013 @01:40PM (#44094203) Homepage Journal

    then you don't have to keep the screwdriver with you

  • Re:Warranty (Score:4, Informative)

    by gnasher719 ( 869701 ) on Monday June 24, 2013 @02:51PM (#44095063)

    I assume with the turn of a screw you also void the warranty?

    No. For warranty the manufacturer would have to prove that you caused the damage. For statutory rights in the EU after the warranty runs out _you_ have to prove that _you_ didn't cause it.

  • by wile_e8 ( 958263 ) on Monday June 24, 2013 @03:54PM (#44095651)

    If you think Apple chose pentalobe (which has been a standard screw type available my entire life) to stop people from opening up their case to replace the soldered in battery, you're just a moron.

    ProTip: I have pentalobe drivers from my father that are older than I am. They are not uncommon in older high end cameras where you need tiny screws that don't strip when you breath on them hard.

    Are you sure about that? I thought Apple created and patented their own non-standard pentalobe screws [] and only sells the screwdrivers to Apple techs. It was specifically designed to not work with the screwdrivers available for camera repair or at Ace Hardware. There are many standard screws which are just as high-quality as the Apple pentalobe, going this route only serves to hinder any unauthorized "tampering" with the devices.

    I guess I can never underestimate the spin Apple fans will go through to argue that Apple's user-hostile policies are actually good for you.

  • by icebike ( 68054 ) on Monday June 24, 2013 @04:19PM (#44095879)

    Phillips was designed for things that were generally designed to be assembled once, and not disassembled.

    Not true. Phillips was absolutely not designed for things that were never taken apart.

    And drywall screws (ala buglehead screws) are easy to remove with a power driver, even those damaged by too much torque when installed, because the reverse plane of each slot is not damaged by to much forward torque. (I've removed entire walls of drywall which other workers put up by mistake before the insulation was installed.)

    Yes, Phillips was designed to cam out before too much damage was inflicted, but that was only assured by screw hardness. Soft screws would often take the entire lobe out with too much torque.

    Phillips is an industrial standard designed to solve the problem of the screw driver slipping out of the slot. It was never intended nor represented to be non-removable. That it occasionally is speaks to cheap materials.

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