Apple products are like a gated community while Windows computers
are so open they can be rambunctious and insecure. One is not
better than the other they are just different. Before
the invention of the Apple Store Apple's hardware was designed
to be easy to open. But once they controlled their own
repair facilities they began designing computers to deliberately
look great but be hard to open. This also stabbed long
time mom and pop Apple authorized repair centers in the
back. Now you need to take it to the Apple store for
service. Just check the bottom of one of their beautiful
laptops. It is great looking smooth aluminum. No
ugly screws to make it easy to open! Apple invented
something called a "pentalobe" screwdriver to make their
products tamper resistant. Yes, they invented their
own screwing system to screw the consumer. For a year Apple
had a monopoly on a screwdriver!
have been used by Apple since 2009, when they were first
implemented in the 15-inch MacBook Pro. They have since been
used on other MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iPhone models.
Apple attracted criticism upon the introduction of the
pentalobe screw; it was seen as an attempt to lock
individuals out of their devices. If brought in to an Apple
Store for repair, iPhone 4 models with #00 Phillips screws,
if any, are replaced with 0.8 mm pentalobe screws.
Third-party manufacturers rushed to produce screwdrivers
that would remove 0.8 mm pentalobe screws after the iPhone
4's release in June 2010. Trying to remove a pentalobe
screw with the wrong screwdriver will strip the screw making
And when you take
your laptop or phone in to be repaired at the Apple Store I guarantee there is
some poor slob in back surrounded by crazy screws and lots of
them. Apple deliberately uses glue instead of screws too
often. Or their products have too many screws, tiny screws, weird
require special suction cups to open,
or have customized internal organs that are Apple-only.
It makes it hard for me to repair them which is just what Apple
wants. All too often I have had to tell laptop owners "Just
take it to the Mac store and pay though the nose."
This also makes their products hard to recycle.
the memory computers use for temporary storage, is often
soldiered directly to the motherboard by Apple. This means
you can't increase your laptop's memory once it leaves the
factory. And the laptop's display may be fused into a
solid piece. This means that if ANYTHING goes wrong
with the screen the whole upper half of the laptop must be
replaced as a unit. Iphone and Ipad screens are
similarly fused making their replacement complex. This
was done to make the phone slimmer and harder for outsiders
Even worse, Apple goes out of its way to make
replacing their batteries is a hassle. FACT: batteries
wear out after a few years and MUST be removed and replaced.
Unlike my Android phone from Samsung, Apple phones cannot be
opened by consumers. Apple wants to be the ones to
swap out the battery. Its an attempt to get you to
just buy a whole new phone when the old one's battery dies.
And not only are Macbook laptops hard to open, once you get
inside you may find that the battery you are trying to
replace is glued to the system or soldered in place!
And taking that
laptop to the Apple store for a
new battery will set you back $400
! It turns out,
in modern Mac laptops the battery isn’t just a battery. In a
quest to make machines thinner, Apple made the batteries
unserviceable by the user (as well as removed much of the
protective covering). The battery is glued to the bottom of
which means they have to replace both at the same time (even
if your keyboard works just fine). It could also take
three days to get the computer repaired.
Yes, three days to
swap a battery. Three days to repair something on a Mac
laptop that every Mac laptop is supposed to need done before
the machine fails. The battery is rated to last less than
the machine for most users. Nearly everyone who buys a Mac
laptop should need to replace the battery (unless they are
programmed to constantly upgrade). Why? Well it turns out
that battery is not just attached to the keyboard, but also
the logic board which controls a lot of the computer. A very
difficult repair I'm told. So in Apple's insane quest to get
laptops a few millimeters thinner, a standard repair like a
battery swap takes 3 days. Now it turns out that it doesn’t
actually take 3 days, its just the line is really long and
it does apparently take several hours per machine.
Don't believe me? For more info read "Apple's
Diabolical Plan to Screw Your Iphone.