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Apple changes iPhone screws to deter DIY repairs, mods

By Matthew ยท 35 replies
Jan 20, 2011
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  1. Why do people keep going on about good build quality, I worked with both PCs and Macs suites for 5 years, the Macs were breaking down left right and centre, bad hardware errors, failing memory, all the mechanisms were cheap and worst of all most parts were non replaceable without sending them back to apple :/. If a PC needed repairing it was a 5 min job and 1 screwdriver.

    Also Ipods, i saw the media students complaining nearly every week that an iPod had died, it was a running joke in our department that we were lucky we did not have to service them as well as it would easily double our workload. While the students bought/broke/bought/broke iPods like they were a consumable item my Sansa worked (and was accessible to change the LiPol battery with a philips screwdriver) and is still going strong since 2006.
  2. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 827   +32

    Coming soon from Apple: screwless devices and a uncustomizable OS. Anything that allows a user to do what they want with their property they paid an arm and a leg for is unacceptable :p
  3. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 581   +159

    Just normal Apple business.
  4. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    I might just take apart my windows phone and HTC Evo again just for the lulz of how easy it is.. now where's my philips screwdriver
  5. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I still think you could remove it. It would probably just require a more specific size than the star ones do. Even if you totally mangled it, you'd still remove it easily with an E-Z Out.
  7. It's time for Microsoft to run back the famous 1984 Apple's McIntosh commercial!
  8. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Just remember, Apple was the first technology company to be "certified platinum" in its green ways, and is also the first company to lose that rating. It was purely because of the near impossibility of replacing parts and tucking the battery away.
  9. If Apple was especially clever, the dictators would create a screw with the Apple logo and patent the design, so that no one but Apple could create a screwdriver.
    But then again, the Chinese don't care about such things and would create one anyways....
  10. Not that it matters but i have my Masters in Computer Science, 7 years working on Apples, PC's and Linux. And by far the best is linux..Windows a close second and Apple just fails.

    I used to use apple products, till my Macbooks hard drive gave out. i used to use OSX to perform system repairs on other mac's and well, i dont believe in my opinion that Mac's are created to be extensively used everyday to do hardcore things. Just a casual use computer. I have a dj friend who uses a mac, he's on his 8th mac, and has been five years in the business.

    Just my opinion. i'll wait for the fanboy to criticize everything i've said.
  11. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

    They're might be a bit hard to find at this time, but the Chinese will take care of that.

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