After moving quite a few units of the new iPhone 4, Apple customers started noticing that the screws that hold the latest version of the smartphone together are not the ordinary Phillips head variety. Meet the tamper-proof, pentalobe screw.
As the name suggests, pentalobe screws consist of five rounded (lobe-like, in other words) grooves that form the shape of a tiny flower when looked at from above. Attempts to open up an iPhone 4 with a flat-head or Phillips-head screwdriver will be met with hours of frustration and stripped bolts. So, it's best to try to find a pentalobe screwdriver instead. And, as with so many Apple products, that ancillary demand will be music to specialty hardware dealers everywhere.
Here's one such lucky recipient of Apple's decision to change the screws on the iPhone, showing you how the new screwdrivers work (no, apparently there's not an app for this yet).
As one can imagine, many Apple customers were not pleased by the need to try and find a new screwdriver to open their own phone.
''Pentalobe'' screws. Seriously Apple?
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