This week images of a special screw, one that the poster claims is designed for the iPhone 5, surfaced.
This screw looks more like a leftover screw form Stargate or the Fifth Element than something holding an iPhone together, but Apple is always working on making the lives of iPhone DIY’ers difficult.
Update: the screw render is a fake.
The claimed iPhone 5 screw shows up in a photo of an email, and at this point it’s just a render of the screw. The email includes a bit of text claiming,
So this is the latest render from [redacted] that we are working on, it’s totally asymmetric and no known tools are developed for it yet.
Yes, Apple is making things difficult for the minority of iPhone users who want to pull their iPhone apart, but it won’t be impossible.
The key here is, “no known tools are developed for it yet.”
In early 2011 Apple switched to Pentalobular screws, screws which at the time could only be un-screwed with special tools that iFixit says were, “really rare, and expensive, and usually require proof of Apple certification just to buy them.” iFixit provides a rant on the topic here. A well deserved rant, but a bit dramatic.
Especially considering iFixit now sells these rare and expensive tools for just $9.99. It didn’t take long for the company to make and sell a Pentalobular driver to turn iPhone screws, and even with the sci-fi looking opening on the claimed iPhone 5 screw, they’ll likely cook up a new $10 iPhone 5 screw toolkit within a few weeks.
We’ve reached out to Apple to find out if they have an official statement on the leak, or if the company has a statement on why it chooses to use non-standard screws on the iPhone and other Apple products. Apple did not respond.
iPhone 5 Rumors
iPhone 5 is the current name used for Apple’s new iPhone. We expect Apple will announce the new iPhone on September 21st at an event in Cupertino, Calif. Rumors point to a September 21st iPhone 5 release date with online and in-store availability.
The iPhone 5 will likely ship with faster 4G LTE connectivity, a taller 4-inch display and a new Apple A5X processor with quad-core graphics. Leaked parts point to a new design and a thinner iPhone.
Check out all of our iPhone 5 news in one stop.