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Topic # 76448 2-Feb-2011 15:13
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My wife wants to buy me an iPhone for my birthday, which is next week. The catch is that we are still recovering fiscally from the silly season, so this purchase will be at a later date in the not too distant future. As a result, I was thinking of getting her to get me a replacement back for my pending iPhone as a suitable gift to give me on the day (her requirement, not mine :-)). I've found an awesome Porsche one which is perfect for this future Porsche owner (I hope :-D).

My concern with this is the reports of the new pentalobe screws that are appearing on iPhones around the world. Has anyone purchased one recently from the Apple store (or outright from a bricks and mortar store), and can confirm whether these new screws are now being fitted.

Also, does anyone know of any low cost ways to get around the issue if I do get an iPhone with pentalobe screws? I did find these iPhone Liberation kits which look like they should do the trick, but I'm interested if others have found cheaper solutions.

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  Reply # 434399 2-Feb-2011 17:59
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I've bought one of these http://tinyurl.com/4shxhzc   I'm not sure if it works or not as I haven't received it, but for the price, I'm willing to take a punt. I still have the old philips screws on mine, but thought I'd get one of these for possible future use.

They also have a porsche iPhone 4 back.

ps I'm sure I saw on this site somewhere that they're not shipping until the 13th due to Chinese new year...other items being shipped from China have similar delays.

oh and happy birthday for next week :)




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  Reply # 434440 2-Feb-2011 19:16
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Dreamy: I've bought one of these http://tinyurl.com/4shxhzc   I'm not sure if it works or not as I haven't received it, but for the price, I'm willing to take a punt. I still have the old philips screws on mine, but thought I'd get one of these for possible future use.

They also have a porsche iPhone 4 back.


Nice find. I've bookmarked it for future reference. 


oh and happy birthday for next week :)


Thanks :-) 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 434454 2-Feb-2011 19:55
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I got an iPhone before christmas purchased from Noel Leemings here and Napier and it has the Pentalobe screws.



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  Reply # 434457 2-Feb-2011 20:05
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JarrodM: I got an iPhone before christmas purchased from Noel Leemings here and Napier and it has the Pentalobe screws.


Thanks for the confirmation. All evidence would tend to suggest that this would now be the case. So I now need to decided the best way to deal with this (or if I want to deal with it at all :-)). Currently leaning towards the website suggested by Dreamy. 

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  Reply # 434469 2-Feb-2011 20:33
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I had mine replaced with a brand new one from apple and yes it came with the Pentalobe screws (Last week)

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  Reply # 434627 3-Feb-2011 08:18
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ifixit.com sell an iPhone 4 liberation kit that's worth looking into

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  Reply # 435555 5-Feb-2011 01:20
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Its not the same but there is a version of TORX bits with 5 points not 6 called TORX+. may be an option. i know the bits are expensive ($30ish per bit) we have some at work but not that small.

my iphone still has the philips screws. anyone else's a little rounded off? im not sure if someone slipped doing it up or it was intentional 



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  Reply # 436757 8-Feb-2011 11:58
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Well, I unexpectedly received an iPhone today for my birthday (much earlier than anticipated, and the 32GB model! :-D). The good news is that it has standard phillips screws, so this is a non-issue for me :-)

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  Reply # 436788 8-Feb-2011 12:54
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Old stock ;)



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  Reply # 436797 8-Feb-2011 13:03
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bazzer: Old stock ;)


I don't care, but that was my wife's first comment. After all it has the same warranty and protections under the CGA. It should also make replacing the back a less risky affair than the approach I thought I'd be taking :-) 

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  Reply # 436937 8-Feb-2011 19:07
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It will be interesting to see what happens with my new one, my current 3GS is  being replaced by insurance, so whether i get an iphone 3gs or 4 with or without the new screws.

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  Reply # 438361 11-Feb-2011 17:23
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Got my replacement iphone 4 today and it does indeed have the pentalobe screws in it.
Ifixit here I come.

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