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Rear panel replacement tool different from Phillips #00?

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I recently bought my iPhone here in Singapore, it's iOS is 4.2.1 OTB, Serial number is 86049TAKA4T, the 2 screws below the phone is not Phillips #00. What screw drivers can i use? it looks like a mini star shape engraving.

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This seems to be a developing issue, BIG mess-up on Apple's part on consistency here. You can check this previous thread for more on what type of screws. However, if you, unlike the previous poster, can post some good pics of the screws, then we can direct you to the right driver and positively ID the type of screw finally. It seems the US models use phillips, although the promo pictures had torx, and international models have some sort of hex. Not sure exactly though, MAJOR consistency failure by Ive & co.

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Will get a picture of it soon.. I believe this new screw is to counter the white iPhone mods that ppl are paying to get their i4 done.

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@rab777hp and OP - on the thread you reference Miroslav Djuric has pics posted of the new screw type Apple are using.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/gallery/#gal...

I live in Colorado and have personally seen this new screw on my friends new iPhone 4 and my wife's new iPhone 4. That same thread has links to Ebay to purchase the tool to open the newer iPhone 4's with this new type of screw.

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I ordered from http://cgi.ebay.com/7in1-Kit-Screwdriver... and just got the tools in yesterday. They are legit and open the IP$'s with theh new * shape screws.

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looks like tamper-resistant torx in the 5 lobed variety. These are and have been commonly used on many of the European cars in various applications such as motor, brakes, lights and interior trim. These should be about the right dimension and can give you an idea which size you might be looking for. The screws that Apple installed on the iPhone 4 is T1

Size Inch point to point [in] Metric point to point [mm]

T1 .031 .81

T2 .036 .93

T10 .107 2.74

T15 .128 3.27

T20 .151 3.86

Looks like very limited availability :) http://www.traderscity.com/board/product...

and http://www.8starshop.com/en/12-in-1-comp...

Good luck and do not forget to change the screws to something a little more manageable....

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These screws are pentalobe screws, to open it and to put in standard phillips ones, get iFixit's iPhone 4 Liberation Kit.

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iPhone 4/4S Liberation Kit

All the parts and tools needed to replace the 5-point pentaobe screws on the bottom of your iPhone 4 or 4S with Phillips screws. This way, you won't need special tools if you have an iPhone repair emergency. Compatible with all iPhone 4 and 4S models. Inc — 50+ available at 9.95 each.

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