‘Pentalobe’ Screws Included in iPhone 4

January 21, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

A South Korean customer looks at the Apple iPhone 4 at the headquarters of KT in Seoul on September 10, 2010 (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean customer looks at the Apple iPhone 4 at the headquarters of KT in Seoul on September 10, 2010 (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)
Apple announced this week that they are switching to tamper-resistant “Pentalobe” screws, most recently the iPhone 4, according to iFixit.

Some users felt outrage and dismay over the change, feeling like the Cupertino, Calif.-based company was not allowing them to get into their own hardware.

According to a blog posting from iFixit, the iPhone doesn’t have the standard Torx screws, but a new one with “no readily available screwdrivers that can remove it.”

The blog posting noted that the screws are the same ones that were used on the 2009 MacBook Pro to prevent users from replacing the battery by themselves.

And, “contrary to what has been widely reported elsewhere, this is not a security Torx screw,” the blog said, adding that Apple sometimes refers to them as either “Pentalobular” screws or “Pentalobe security screws.”

According to CNET citing a service rep who posted on website ipodnn.com, many customers attempt to open their Apple devices up first before taking them in for repair. He said that this can cause more problems than if they did not open them up in the first place.

Also, new iPhones aren’t the only ones that are getting the screws. Reuters reported that sometimes when a customer brings in a phone for repair, repairmen replace the commonly-used Phillips screws with the “Pentalobe” screws.

Reuters reported that people are not told of the switch.