Apple`s iPhone Plan To Literally Screw You

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago in Tech

Apple"s Diabolical Plan to Screw your iPhone from iFixit on Vimeo.


Apple will now use Phillips head screws on their hardware with a custom screw so third-parties can"t profit on repairs.
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Male 112
its a drating star bit so what i have a screwdriver that will fit that its not a big deal
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Male 94
I thought being unique was the in thing.

I always wondered why everyone wanted an iPhone, and be different or stand out all at the same time.

Then again, being a hypocrite is already part of our genetic code.
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Male 11
My plan is to literally screw her..
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Female 8,127
So, if you want to open your iphone buy the correct tool to do it? I have one from when I needed to get into my nokia a few years ago to clean out the soeaker. That was a hollow tork , not really easy to buy but perfectly accesible.
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Male 31
@jamie76
I have more to write about but time is short for me.
As for the customizable part I do give the android platform that it is more flexible as for the icon placement goes. But imagine this: Which would be better, if you were driving and you want to access music quickly, the iDevice has a boring square, but the thing is I can access everything without even looking. While on droid you have to access other screens. I wish if I could ave more time so I could write a more definitive argument but still overall. The design of the iDevice is more simple and easier to trouble-shoot than droid. Great thing about droid is the google service. I was wowed by it and still today. Other wise go to iDevice. As for the people who wants things for free you can always jailbreak to get unlimited paid apps, tweak how you want your device to run and much much more. Also you can unlock for free too. Just require an hour or so to do it. :)
Drat, my replies looks like its written by a kid.
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Male 31
@jamie76
I disagrees, first of all my credibility for what I`m about to say.
I used to work at Best Buy Mobile just until recently. I troubleshoot many many phones, using the resource Best Buy Mobile gives me and my personal experience. Standing as a consumer and a sale`s representative/technician I would say that I do not like the android platform as much.
Cons:
Background task- (having to install a function that should already be pre-installed.)iDevice* double tap home, and delete.
Problems- When hardware/software issues arises, it is most of the time extremely difficult to reverse the process and or fix. (iDevice* plug in>restore from backup.)
Oh and another thing, please reconsider or at least try out the HTC Evo before purchasing, I know it is boasting a 1GHz processor but it is entirely different on how the system runs compared to idevices. Droids process more like a mini laptop while iDevice process as a standalone. (Best I can describe. Faster does n
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Male 2,344
ANDROID

BETTER
FASTER
C U S T O M I Z I B L E in the extreme.

learn the term ifail users then switch.
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Male 2,344
SHEEP buy apple products.

people that do not think for themselves and have no ability to understand that apple CONTROLS YOUR products that you paid for completely.

given the fact that there are much better phones out there only a sheep and a stupid sheep at that would buy an iphone.

if you have an iphone then you are a moron.
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Male 18
I`s just a damn torx screw. The new standard of screws, easier to screw. Not a damn conspiricy to take over the world
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Female 129
Don`t know if any other UK posters know what I mean by "star driver", but my husband just told me he has screwdrivers in the garage that could open this now.

He said this type of screw is mostly seen on cars and vans...

Any other UK users familiar with this? If so, one wholesale shipment of these babies to the USA and Apple are back at square one.
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Male 712
Chimneychang, Let me show you how completely ridiculous that argument is

::Apple makes a good product, but they want you to be part of a family, not just a consumer.::

So I`m gonna give Uncle Steve (Wozniak) a call and see how my other Uncle Steve (Jobs) is doing. I think one of them should float me a loan. I`ve kinda hit hard times.

Since I`m "part of the family" I`m sure it won`t be a problem

::They want to control every aspect of your ownership of their product like no porn or flash on the Iphone.::

Got some porn on it anyway. Didn`t ask if Uncle Steve (either) would approve. Just did it.

Simplest way to control any product completely...don`t drating sell it.

::If you buy any Apple product at this point, you are agreeing with how they run their business, and should therefore not complain.::

Bought the iPod Touch, did what I wanted to do with it. I managed to deal a damaging blow to Uncle Steve`s &qu
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Male 712
I have to go with EggsNHam on that. The deal is simple. I give Company X money, Company X gives the the product I paid for...end of transaction.

Should Company X want to position themselves into a parental capacity over that product, then they should share in the responsibility for me using it other than directed.
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Female 193
eh. just wait a couple of months and companies will mass produce the special screwdriver.
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Male 1,140
@chimmeychang

No, if I buy an Apple product, it`s because I thought it was worth spending the ludicrous amount of money they were charging for it.

If I spend $200-300 on an iPhone, and for whatever reason want to take the back panel off, I should be able to do so. It`s not their unit anymore, it`s mine.

Apple has always been about tricking "non-conformists" into spending stupid amounts of money on halfway decent products.
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Male 2,868
@hyeonkim0805. I recommend the Samsung Galaxy S. I have the Vibrant (the version of that phone released for T Mobile) and I love it.
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Female 136
chimmey.. really? part of a family bullpoo do they. they want your money. i like how you highlight one of the problems controlling every aspect. why the drat would you want that? you don`t buy jeans and get told by the brand that you can`t wear it with certain things, they should take your money and leave you the drat alone. ahh you make me angry :|
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Male 124
shut the hell up chimmey. i agree with the chick in the video.
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Male 684
This is from Apples ad in 1983/1984


on January 24 1984 Apple will release Macintosh, and you will see why 1984 wont be like "1984"

the truth is, at that point apple didn`t have enough of the market share to pull the stuff they do now. Apple makes a good product, but they want you to be part of a family, not just a consumer. They want to control every aspect of your ownership of their product like no porn or flash on the Iphone. Part of what makes Apple a very good product is that they limit your ability to [email protected]#$ it up yourself. They limit the types of software, and hardware you can use to modify your product. If you buy any Apple product at this point, you are agreeing with how they run their business, and should therefore not complain.

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Male 667
Fck IPHONE i`m switching to an android as soon as possible.
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Male 85
droid
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Male 1,451
My Evo has torx screws... and anyone who has tried to remove small phillips screws AND small torx screws knows that the torx is a MUCH better choice. It is much harder to strip out a torx screw.
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Male 683
OMG11!! it is the end off the world.... oh hold on a minute jimmy chang in china just made a batch of 40 million screwdrivers that fit these screw heads, coming to every cheap hardware store/stall near you very soon.

Btw i dont see the issue as even if iphone owners did have the correct screwdrivers unfortunatly sheep lack opposable thumbs to be able to make use of them. Better leave it too the pros
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Female 26
maybe people should just buy a top of the line Android or Galaxy S phone and call it a day.
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Male 2,419
if you can`t find the correct tool, use a stripped screw remover and then swap in your own screws

she really needs to stop referring to screwdrivers as drivers while talking about a piece of technology that has software
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Female 23
urghhhhhhhhhhhh why is she talking like that?! D:
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Male 3,060
i`m getting really sick of apple and their arrogance and lack of compatibility of their products. when my contract is up, i`m getting a samsung phone with the andriod os. 8===D~~~~apple
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Male 3,431
Can`t be a coincidence that the screw head looks like an Anus. This is apple`s attempt to literally screw all of us in the ass.
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Female 72
her voice annoyed me. i couldn`t get past 12 seconds.
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Male 3,076
god damn, she is hot!
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Male 759
phoneybone, that`s a yahoo answers question if i ever saw one. a phillips head screw is a name for a cross shaped screw head where all 4 "arms" are of equal or approximate length. A screw head which is simply a line is commonly called a flat head. The video shows you a series of torque screws, which were at one time a sort of a "tamper resistant" screw head themselves. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to develop custom screw heads to prevent people from opening and repairing things themselves. I`ve seen triangles, squares, pentagons, stars, even swirly sun shaped ones.

My wife had a Buick where you had to jack the engine up 2" to replace the serpentine belt. Now that is evil. Apple is really starting to be a pain in the butt with their complaining about jailbreaking and attempting to keep people out of the phone. If I bought it, it`s mine. F you, it`s my property I`ll alter it, paint it, destroy it any way I want.
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Male 173
well iFixIt has gone up in the world of usefulness. i just remembered it being a random assignment for my engineering major
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Male 90
what a cute little nerd girl
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Male 10,338
"I can`t check the transmission fluid on my wife`s car because it requires a special tool to get the dipstick out. (hell, to change the headlight you have to take off the wheel and remove the wheelwell). That doesn`t make Nissan `evil`."

Yes. Yes it does! :)
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Male 1,744
isn`t it not longer a phillips screw or screwdriver once it`s more or less than 4 points?

Oh, and [insert derogatory apple statement here].
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Male 245
@Enjin

I was really thinking the same thing.
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Female 500
@ enjin, I think she means screw-drivers.
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Male 802
It`s cool that they are doing this. Anyone have a link to where I can download those drivers?
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Male 669
what a shady company
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Male 385
Mac sucks. Get a real computer/phone.
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Male 3,631
Yeah, I was trying to access a file I saved through Garage Band on a friend`s Macbook last weekend, and I have to say - most counterintuitive experience I`ve ever had with a file system, especially one under an operating system so shamelessly touted as "user-friendly."

and on a related note:

This must be the first internet personality I`ve ever actually fallen in `love` with - you go MJ!
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Male 1,118
Don`t care. Apple products are the work of Satan anyway.
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Male 6
Stupid description is stupid.. They`re not using "philips" head screws... They`re using pentalobe head screws to REPLACE the philips head. It`s not an evil plan (you`re just paranoid), it`s quality (damage) control. If you go inside your iphone and drat around, mess something up, give up, then decide to take it to an apple store to have it repaired that means more work for the techs, thus more money Apple has to spend. Agreed, you should be able to do what you want with your phone.. And, indeed, you will continue to do so. It`s just a little more difficult now (like when they started using torx screws in hard drives instead of phillips). And the pentalobe bit is only difficult to find because it is new. Apple does not and will not own rights to that bit head, so once it becomes more popular more companies will produce it and it will be easier to find. Happy trolling! Cheers.
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Male 535
I will never understand why people get so heated over apple and apple equipment (or Sony, or Microsoft, or some other brand). Don`t like it? Great! Don`t buy it! Isn`t capitalism fun?

Don`t like the proprietary lockdown of Apple mobiles or the computers? Great! Get an Android, Windows, Linux, Amiga, BeOS, Whatever!

Don`t like the iPhone appstore? Great! get an android,a WM7, or jailbreak the iPhone!

Seriously - use what you like, but leave everyone else - and their own decisions - alone and stop your bitchin`. It`s really rather foolish.
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Male 294
worldofjames, true dat!
she was oddly interesting to listen to
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Male 11,739
I don`t care if there will be screwdrivers on eBay for $0.99, Apple still sucks.
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Male 3,431
THIS is why I`m not buying a G/D MFing I PHONE.
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Male 423
Meh all you people are really gettin excited for nothing Nintendo have been doing this since SNES times they put special screws on all their console and accesories and if you want to open them you need a special tool you can only get on ebay sooooooo im pretty sure some third party is gonna come up with a ``apple head scredriver`` just like theres plenty of ``nintendo head scredrivers``
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Male 85
I dont own single apple product. but she is right. WTF apple! people buy your overpriced poo (when i say poo i dont mean garbage) and according to you its still not ours. sound alot like what the gov`t does with people who own property or land.
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Male 2,516
I was gonna say something but I remember I`m talking to the internet
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Male 307
Nintendo`s done this for a long time.
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Male 121
@MeGrendel

No, Apple is evil because they are replacing your perfectly suitable and functional Philips screws with their pentalobular security screws for no real reason when you bring your iPhone 4 in for repair.
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Male 8,715
@Volsunga

You can do whatever you want to it AFTER you buy it. Just as they have the right to build it any way they want.

Don`t want the screws? Don`t buy the iPhone. They are not `evil` for doing something many other manufacturers do.

The first Jeep YJ I got I discovered that the entire thing had been put together with Torx and Torx security bolt (which I hate). I just got a set of torx drivedrs and everytime I had to remove a Torx bolt, I replaced with an imperial Hex head.

I can`t check the transmission fluid on my wife`s car because it requires a special tool to get the dipstick out. (hell, to change the headlight you have to take off the wheel and remove the wheelwell). That doesn`t make Nissan `evil`.
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Male 6
It would take me about 20 min to make you a screwdriver that would work fine.
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Male 977
i could watch/ listen to her all day
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Male 12,365
[quote]After the purchase, it`s the consumer`s product, they SHOULD be able to do what they want with it. That`s the problem.[/quote]

Apple have been extremely successful doing the opposite - after the purchase, it remains Apple`s product.

So when you buy an Apple product, you`re paying half for the i and half for a product you don`t really own anyway. Since Apple continues to control the product after you`ve bought it, you can`t really be said to own it.

On top of that fiasco, you`re paying upwards of £500 for a small non-standard computer that isn`t very good. Rather silly, even if you did really own it afterwards. Which you don`t.
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Male 319
Oh, and a pre-installed 16GB SD card is awsome on the Droid X.
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Male 319
@Fatninja01 - I recently got my first smart phone. I`m sporting the Motorola Droid X. A fantastic phone. 8 megapixel camera, 720p video capture, HDMI out, and a full 16:9 screen, dual LED`s , 3 seperate microphones, a back facing mic for recording in narrative, or the front mic for recording the video your shooting, and a top mic for noise cancelation. engadget.com rated the Droid X better than the iphone 4. It`s big but also light and thin. And I` very impressed with the number of free apps on the market. Just be sure to read reviews before downloading.

shut up obeydarklord
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Female 150
Apple, why you so gay?
Also, did they really think no one would notice, or you know, other companies wouldnt just start making their own pentalobe screw drivers tons cheaper?
for being smart, apple is fcking stupid.
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Male 1,360
shut up fatninja01
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Male 118
@Fatninja01 go for the mozart or the htc desire hd (evo in the us) i phone 4 is full of fail in the fact that its apple and its locked down to the max with IOS4
you cannot mark all emails as read or unread
you cannot snooze a calendar reminder
you cannot play divx xvid mpeg4 wmv
you cannot drag and drop media to and from device
you cannot use any old usb cable and have to use itunes and quicktime
you cannot have a spare battery
you cannot put your HD media on a SERIES of external memory sticks (when you go on holiday, for example)
facebook contacts will not sync unless the contact names are identical or you get a special app to do that
you will never have freedom with the front facing camera, and will be tied to apple`s proprietory facetime instead of freedom with android.
android is open source and will do any thing you want it to android is updated every 6 mouths or so, good growing app market and flash 10.1 and so on i will never yous apple o
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Male 162
She sounds like a frog. A hot, blonde, sexy nerdy frog.. But a frog nontheless.
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Male 15,510
Yeah no big deal, it just matter of time that kind of screwdriver become popular now
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Male 252
LOL APPLE
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Male 3,668
Ever hear off Nintendo? Yeah, they do the same thing, except with some weird tri-headed screws but I hear no uproar over it.
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Male 25,416
IAB answer this: Which is better, more importantly what should i get? the HTC mozart or the Iphone 4? Im not sure which is really better, more important the android OS, wether its worth it?
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Male 25,416
To be frank, any electrical store has the screwdriver that you need, it costs me 1 whole dollar! It really pushed the budget big time.
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Male 645
oh i get it.. shes trying to sell us stuff not bash on apple
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Male 22
Big deal, you can by a screwdriver for $10 online - in another month or so they`ll be everywhere for a buck apiece...take that, App-holes!
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Male 916
same thing happened with tridrivers, dual pin drivers, torx drivers... some greedy company tries to make a device irrepairable by sealing it up with a proprietary screw head but it only takes a few days before the drivers are readily available at radio shack.
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Male 69
shes purty
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Male 487
watch. The market is about to be flooded with cheap chinese pentablobe drivers now that this has hit the news.

Real solution = stop buying crapple
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Male 7,839
i love cute nerdy girls.
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Male 2,033
There is a simple solution to this problem:


Stop buying overpriced apple bricks.
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Male 1,547
@mcfudge
After the purchase, it`s the consumer`s product, they SHOULD be able to do what they want with it. That`s the problem.
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Male 537
WHO CARES, its their product, they can do whatever they want with it.
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Male 10,440
I`m confused... she`s cute and seems smart but she owns several apple products? Makes no sense, unless she "owns them" for the purpose of the show.

The problem here is that apple is screwing everyone over, but this is apple we`re talking about here. It`s like getting mad at the weather. You can expect to get wet if you forget your umbrella the same way you can expect to be screwed over if you decide to buy a shiny apple product without a moment`s hesitation.

.... Finally, what`s with all those huge wrenches on the back wall? They`ll help you fix your iPhone...
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Male 8,300
What genius worked this out?? About 50% of consumer appliances, from hair dryers to computers to toothbrushes to dvd players, have been using custom screws for about 20 years now... Apple started doing it with the ORIGINAL 128k 9" Mac in 1984... someone`s powers of observation are a bit slow.
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Male 70
I have a Tmobile G2 Love this phone its 100% rooted with custom recovery and engineering Hboot
Which means I have Gingerbread which is only available on the Nexus S its a custom built rom by the cyanogen mod team there is a ton more roms and kernels like this out for ANDROID phones

there is 0 things like this for iphone they have there garbage products on lock down so you have to pay them MORE money after you already paid out the bum for whatever apple product you have apple looks pretty and i hate to admit it have nice hardware but its not worth the price if you cant make it your own
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Male 347
i am aroused
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Male 25
I dont even care i just cant stop watching this cutie! mmmmm
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Male 748
I much prefer my HTC to iPhones.
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Female 138
Respect.
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Male 541
if you really have a problem with it then don`t buy an iphone.

stop complaining about all Apple does if you keep buying their products.
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Male 25
Where was the phone? I didn`t see it
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Male 217
ebay already sell the screw drivers, so screw apple.
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Female 676
Aww, she`s so cute.
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Male 1,547
I just found out about these a few months ago and was able to buy one of these drivers cheap from Taiwan. Just to add to my set of obnoxious proprietary screwdrivers for when my friends pay me to hack their phones. (F*ck triwing!)
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Male 573
Droid users = Kidding themselves into believing they got a good deal.
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Male 3,482
[quote]you guys are nerds[/quote]
[quote]Most of the people on here won`t even know what to do with a girl.[/quote]
Yeah, just because someone has an opinion about the quality and value of tech that we use means that we`re total losers who have no lives according to your logic, right?

Here`s what I suggest: Go back to the stone-age, where you belong, because without "nerds" as you call us, you would still be living there anyway.
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Male 552
My Galaxy S doesnt have this problem.
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Male 14,331
Lol gimme one I`ll get those screws off easy. It`s another attempted money grab when will Macheads wake up.
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Male 4,680
I joined the Android Legion last christmas and I`m loving it. Best thing I`ve ever bought in terms of usefulness!
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Male 734
Steve Jobs = Anti Christ
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Male 224
Most of the people on here won`t even know what to do with a girl.
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Male 3,343
"What`s wrong with just voiding the warranty if the phone is tampered with?"

I think that they don`t want non-authorized repairs made to it. By using this special screw, and not selling the driver, they are able to maintain control (or so they think) over who opens it. You want to do the repairs, come learn from us how to do it, and then buy our expensive screw driver.
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Male 210
This girl is GORGEOUS. The wedding ring on her hand literally made me cry.
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Male 2,988
Doesn`t suprise me Apple would do this.
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Male 271
"Just get a Droid because they are sponsoring me and apple charges for everything."

or you could get a android phone that`s actually well. . . good
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Male 40,266
Iphone is dead.

every company has a smart phone now so sell your Apple stock.

love my Droid. voice texting and dialing, no more thumb typing!!!!


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Female 74
I got a Droid, the first one I had froze and glitched within a month, they sent me a new one and then it glitched right when i turned it on.
Don`t ever get a Droid, ever.
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Male 14,331
Just get a Droid because they are sponsoring me and apple charges for everything.
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Female 281
Of course Apple would do this. x3
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Male 506
Why does it matter? It looks like another source of profit for this company.
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Male 288
you guys are nerds
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Male 604
"I can`t believe people on this board are bashing Apple or promoting Droid like they get paid for it. I think Apple is doing just fine, and I’m sure Droid is a great phone, but unless you work for these companies or have a personal stake in them shut the f uck up! People will buy what the want."

Shows how you don`t get it. People support the Android operating system because of the philosophy behind it, which 100% counter to the philosophy of Windows and Apple. Android is an extension of linux, and is open source. It is meant to be open: to modification, to installing what you want from where you want, to programming what you want for it, to upgrading it how you want, to running what you want on it. It means ownership of a phone upon buying it, as opposed to fondling the balls of steve jobs until he gives you a gimped version of the feature you`d like, for a huge price.

You can install android on anything you want, meaning phone, computer, microcontroll
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Female 2,525
"I can`t believe people on this board are bashing Apple or promoting Droid like they get paid for it. I think Apple is doing just fine, and I’m sure Droid is a great phone, but unless you work for these companies or have a personal stake in them shut the f uck up! People will buy what the want."

Yeah guys, stop voicing your opinion unless you`re getting paid for it! Gosh!
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Male 288
I can`t believe people on this board are bashing Apple or promoting Droid like they get paid for it. I think Apple is doing just fine, and I’m sure Droid is a great phone, but unless you work for these companies or have a personal stake in them shut the f uck up! People will buy what the want.
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Male 4,317
looks like in need a new screwdriver
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Male 881
Buy a Droid!
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Male 4
Apple is the company for people that don`t care about money... Buy a droid is open sourced, which means you can change anything on it you want without a team of lawyers sueing you for every penny you will ever earn, Apple will probably be suing this website^
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Male 483
I hear spit!
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Male 288
Silly cute girl trying to smart-just take off your clothes and stop talking
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Male 1,598
What`s wrong with just voiding the warranty if the phone is tampered with?
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Male 27
Nintendo has a unique screw also...
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Male 5,413
She is cute. :D
But ...eww APPLE!
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Female 2,509
***Screw*** you Apple!

I love her!!!
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Male 773
I`d hit that. I`d hit that haaaaard.
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Male 2,049
Damn shes drating cute.
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Male 634
All this to sell a weird shaped screwdriver?
This can be done with the right sized flat screwdriver.
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Male 4,680
You can tell this woman is a tech expert because she`s wearing glasses and a T-shirt with a screwdriver on it.
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Male 21,025
Link: Apple`s iPhone Plan To Literally Screw You [Rate Link] - Apple will now use Phillips head screws on their hardware with a custom screw so third-parties can`t profit on repairs.
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