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The Pentalobe screws saga: How Apple locked up your iPhone 4

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(Read caption) Pentalobe screws now hold together the Apple iPhone 4, according to one popular tech site. At left, a screwdriver of the non-pentalobe variety.

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According to the tech site iFixit, Apple is using something called pentalobe screws to hold together new iPhone 4 units, as opposed to the tiny Phillips-head screws that originally shipped with the iPhone 4. Which effectively means that it is now very difficult for a would-be MacGyver to crack open his iPhone 4 like an Atlantic lobster and take a gander inside.

Tamper-resistance is usually "designed for protecting company profits," points out Brian X. Chen of Wired. "In the case of software, Sony, for example, baked extra-strict security into the PlayStation 3’s operating system, which hackers recently infiltrated to install pirated software on the console. In a lawsuit, Sony asked a court to remove all traces of the PS3 hack from the internet, claiming it violated copyright law and would eat into PS3 game sales."


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