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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
gatorfan   2/2/2012 8:50:23 PM
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"Me thinks the lady doth protest too much!" Seems his angst is leading to profit....$10 for a change kit for 2 screws and screw driver? Wow!

gabriel_agm
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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
gabriel_agm   2/2/2012 8:11:09 PM
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"...iFixit is even offering an iPhone 4 Liberation Kit, which itís selling for under $10..." - and that's what the claims are all about But they came late, Chinese distributors have being selling those for a long time (one can buy a 5-point screw driver for US$1.80 - with no delivery taxes, at DX)

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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
GREAT-Terry   2/2/2012 9:19:03 AM
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To a normal consumer, I don't see any problem with a strange type of screw. Apple is not selling only a piece of hardware, it is selling the whole bag of service! So, if you want to tinker the device, go to their shop and get it replaced!

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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
chanj0   2/2/2012 2:09:06 AM
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I believe one of the reasons to the popularity of PC is that people can build their own computer and, with little money, update it to suit the need. When I build a PC or when I need to modify a PC, I would like to use only 1 and better be a standard screwdriver to do the whole job. I admire Apple "develops" a new kind of screw for its product which effectively create an opportunity to other companies.

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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
CACHE   2/2/2012 2:08:35 AM
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SylvieBarak, I think you have to give it a flying karate kick.. You should be all set!

Larry M
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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
Larry M   2/1/2012 10:53:41 PM
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"The original Nintendo Gameboy used a Philips-type screw, but with 3, not 4, points, we had to make a special tool to fit it in order to open it." Ah, yes, the infamous TriWing. On one of our products we gave the user access to the battery compartment with latches or a Philips screw, but used a Tri-Wing to make sure he didn't inadvertantly open the higher voltages area. Tri-Wing bits were hard to get in 1994, but come in the standard set of tamper-proof bits today. I've still got one or two in my desk from 1994.

SylvieBarak
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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
SylvieBarak   2/1/2012 10:06:21 PM
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What if you don't want a new phone, you just want to replace the battery?

goafrit
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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
goafrit   2/1/2012 9:46:54 PM
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It is called monopoly. Who will blame Apple though? If you make good products, people may not even need to open it if they want to use it. Then if they want to tinker, let it cost them something. Why? It is all about the IPR protection.

BicycleBill
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re: iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
BicycleBill   2/1/2012 9:11:20 PM
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Regular Torx would be a better choice than Phillips, IMO--less tendency to "spin out". The original Nintendo Gameboy used a Philips-type screw, but with 3, not 4, points, we had to make a special tool to fit it in order to open it.



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