It is amazing what electronic devices people are repairing now that they used to just throw away and replace. Everything from mobile phones, to roku boxes, to playstations, to PCs. Electronics used to be disposable… now they are repairable. The rise of YouTube has been a boon to the education of the masses (your’s truly included). The collective knowledge of people plus the internet is a powerful tool. Want to see how to fix a broken iPhone screen, or change the lifters in your 2005 Dodge Caravan, or do a hard drive replacement on your mom’s 2012 iMac? Chances are someone has posted on Youtube a step by step video guide to walk you through almost any repair.
Update 4/10/14: Pentalobe bits are now available in this precision bit set and will be available separately soon.
Update: Newer post here.
The only readily available Pentalobe screwdrivers are currently produced in China. These Pentalobe screwdrivers may be acceptable for occasional use but those of you who are repairing Apple products will be excited to learn about a higher quality tool currently being manufactured by Wiha. It’s widely accepted that Wiha, a German tool manufacturer, makes the highest quality precision screwdrivers in the world and we are thrilled to report that they have begun manufacturing six Pentelobe screwdrivers in sizes IPR1 through IPR6. These will certainly be the tool of choice for iPhone Repair Technicians around the world!
The Pentalobe screw was first used by Apple in 2009. It’s been used in Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 as well as the MacBook and Macbook Air. It’s classified as a temper proof fastener and is meant to stop unauthorized opening or repair of the devices. The design is very similar to the six point Torx screw except it only has five points.
Wiha was not able to give us a firm date for the release of this new driver but we do know they have begun production on six sizes that will first be released in their standard precision screwdriver handle and ESD safe insert blades for their ESD Safe Torque Screwdrivers.