1. trigun989's Avatar
    got my iphone about a month ago from ars. only found this article today.
    source:
    Serviced iPhone 4 units get Torx screws, but why? [Updated: New phones too] | 9 to 5 Mac Serviced iPhone 4 units get Torx screws, but why? [Updated: New phones too] | Apple Intelligence

    iPhone 4 color conversions have been a popular phenomenon ever since the delay of the white iPhone 4 and today it appears that Apple is taking a stab to stop these conversions from occurring. This process may have even begun last week when we reported that Apple may behind the removal of several white iPhone sales on the bidding site eBay. The ease of black to white iPhone 4 color conversions lies on the user being able to remove the iPhone 4′s screws from the bottom of the device.

    The screws on the bottom of the iPhone 4 were fairly simple to remove and this allowed for quick front and black plating color conversions. Now, it appears that Apple is replacing their original iPhone 4 screws with something much tougher to unscrew, Torx. The Torx type of screw is known to prevent tampering and is fairly difficult to unscrew. Apple’s latest MacBook Airs even feature the Torx screw-type due to the extremely fragile batteries the device carries. Additionally, some internal sources have let us know that this is in fact a new Genius Bar policy.

    What is very interesting about what is going on here is that Apple’s promotional images since the iPhone 4 launch have shown the Torx screws. This makes us think that Apple scrapped Torx screws at the last minute or something along those lines.

    Apple appears to be making this screw-type change on iPhone 4s they either exchange or repair at Genius Bars at their retail stores. It is currently unknown whether Apple is also making the change for new units being sold to customers through their normal sales channels. Either way, this change by Apple demonstrates their strict opposition to users converting the color of their iPhone 4. So folks if you want a white iPhone 4, Apple truly wants you to wait until Spring. Image of an iPhone 4 without the Torx screw is after the break:

    Update: AppAdvice is now reporting that newly purchased iPhone 4 units are now including the anti-tampering torx screws. This means that Apple is not only replacing the screws on iPhone 4s taken to get serviced and replaced but is now putting the new screws on brand-new devices.


    and it seems its not torx screw. but Torx Plus. since i already stripped mine with a T1
    2010-11-22 10:12 PM
  2. Cowboy's Avatar
    Oh dang very nice. Apple they are sneaky little tikes
    2010-11-22 11:02 PM
  3. Lefty126's Avatar
    No biggy. Just get a torx screw driver...
    2010-11-23 08:45 PM
  4. CaptainChaos's Avatar
    This is not going to stop anyone. The only way this will work is to cement everything. Anyone can buy the same tools that the apple techs use.
    2010-11-23 08:51 PM
  5. Cowboy's Avatar
    No biggy. Just get a torx screw driver...
    That wont work it will have to be a torx plus
    2010-11-23 08:52 PM
  6. trigun989's Avatar
    yea thats what some ppl say torx plus. its 5 star screw not the reg 6 star. so if torx plus looks like that, than thats the case.

    but its impossible to find the correct torx plus size. they dont make them that small.

    u need a T1 or T2 equivalent.

    i asked ifix since i bought my case from them

    We usually find a 1.5 mm flathead screwdriver bit (or whatever size is slightly larger than the distance between two lobes furthest apart from one another) and file it down until it fits in there. It's a bit easier to remove the screws if you push down on the screwdriver when you initially break the screws free (takes some preload off the threads).
    2010-11-23 09:19 PM
  7. iRepairIndy's Avatar
    This is not going to stop anyone. The only way this will work is to cement everything. Anyone can buy the same tools that the apple techs use.
    Yea... It's just a pathetic way to stop normal users from opening the iPhone. Won't stop most of us..
    iRepair Indy
    2010-11-23 09:20 PM
  8. Cowboy's Avatar
    Nope and i hae the normal phillips screws right now so no worries for me
    2010-11-23 09:21 PM
  9. Lefty126's Avatar
    There's a tool for everything. Won't have any problems getting the proper torx screw.
    2010-11-23 09:33 PM
  10. trigun989's Avatar
    There's a tool for everything. Won't have any problems getting the proper torx screw.
    i spent hours looking. go look for a tamperproof screwdriver/bit that is 5 star/point and very very small.
    equivialnt of T1-2 /#00.

    doesn't exist, maybe a jewel shop or manufacturers. thats it.

    smart using a screw for which a bit doesn't exist
    2010-11-24 04:40 AM
  11. CaptainChaos's Avatar
    I just bought an iPhone 4 yesterday and I have the Torx screws. It is not a refurb so the newer phones are coming preinstalled with them.
    2010-11-24 05:01 AM
  12. Lefty126's Avatar
    i spent hours looking. go look for a tamperproof screwdriver/bit that is 5 star/point and very very small.
    equivialnt of T1-2 /#00.

    doesn't exist, maybe a jewel shop or manufacturers. thats it.

    smart using a screw for which a bit doesn't exist
    Are you sure it's a T1-2 size?
    2010-11-24 03:29 PM
  13. trigun989's Avatar
    fairly certain a t1 fits in a t2 doesnt

    so if it was the correct shape a t2 may fit.
    2010-11-24 07:17 PM
  14. cuonglogan's Avatar
    Does anyone know where to get the tools to remove these screws?

    Thanks in advance


    Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    2010-12-01 09:21 AM
  15. Cowboy's Avatar
    ebay lol
    2010-12-01 09:25 AM
  16. cuonglogan's Avatar
    ebay lol
    Example?


    Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    2010-12-01 08:51 PM
  17. Cowboy's Avatar
    2010-12-01 09:04 PM
  18. dee9299's Avatar
    the screw is star shaped ( 5 points ) not torx shaped ( 6 points ).......ifixit sells a screwdriver for it now
    2010-12-02 02:01 AM
  19. cuonglogan's Avatar
    Try again.



    Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    2010-12-02 02:47 AM
  20. cuonglogan's Avatar
    the screw is star shaped ( 5 points ) not torx shaped ( 6 points ).......ifixit sells a screwdriver for it now
    Thank you. This is what I was looking for.


    Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    2010-12-02 02:48 AM
27 12
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD