iFixit iPhone 4/4S Liberation Kit
Why Liberate My iPhone?
Removing the Pentalobe screws on the bottom of the iPhone and replacing them with Phillips screws accomplishes two tasks.
- It future-proofs your iPhone. In the unfortunate event that your iPhone needs repair, you will be all set to make any repair necessary. Phillips screwdrivers are widely available, whereas Pentalobe screwdrivers are not. In situations where getting the battery out of the iPhone as quickly as possible—such as after dropping the iPhone into water—you will be all set.
- It sends a message. When people see your iPhone, in all it's liberated glory, they will know that you don't stand for restrictions on your hardware. You believe that repair choices should be up to that owner, that repair should be easy, accessible, and affordable.
What's a Pentalobe Screw?
A Pentalobe similar to a Torx—except that the points have a rounder shape, and it has five points instead of six. Apple’s service manuals refer to them as “Pentalobular” screws, contrary to what some folks may say, this is not a security Torx screw. Security Torx have a post in the middle. Apple would never use a real Torx security screw with a post for two reasons: they’re ugly, and the posts break off easily with screw heads this small.
Why is it in my iPhone?
Pentalobe screws are unique to Apple's hardware. In the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, they are used only on the outside of the phone, and they have one clear purpose: to keep you out of your iPhone.
So, don't be fooled into thinking that you have to let Apple lock you out of your iPhone! Install these Phillips screws today, and look forward to a brighter, happier, liberated tomorrow.
iPhone 4 8GB, 16GB & 32GB
iPhone 4S 16GB, 32GB & 64GB
iFixit is a private company in San Luis Obispo, California. Founded in 2003 while the founders were attending Cal Poly, the company sells repair parts and publishes free wiki-like online repair guides for consumer electronics and gadgets on its web site. Founder Kyle Wiens aims to reduce electronic waste by teaching people to repair their own gear and offering tools, parts, and a forum to discuss repairs.