Rumored iPhone 5 "asymmetric screw" was phony, attempt to dupe media

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Reports that Apple would be moving to a new "asymmetric screw" design to make it virtually impossible for users to take apart iPhone 5 were based on a fake rumor designed to dupe reporters, the source has admitted.

Lukasz Lindell of the Sweedish Day4 blog described plans to seed obviously false and factually unsupported information related to Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 5 to judge how quickly and widely it would be repeated.

The group created a 3D model portraying a new "asymmetric screw," which Lindell described as "a very strange screw where the head was neither a star, tracks, pentalobe or whatever, but a unique form, also very impractical."



The screw created the suggestion that Apple would begin using the "strange screw" to make it more difficult for end users to open up its devices.

The fake story was first posted to Reddit, a site where readers determine the credibility and newsworthiness of various stories by simply agreeing with an up vote or trying to bury them with a down vote.

Within 12 hours, Lindell reported, the fake story was reported by one Apple-oriented website under the headline "Apple May Be Working On A Top Secret Asymmetric Screw To Lock You Out Of Your Devices Forever."

Lindell cited a variety of news sources that all helped to perpetuate the story. AppleInsider declined to cover it.

"We must become more critical of what we read and think ?Is this reasonable?? or 'What?s the origin for this information?' Because it is not the last time any of this data will be upon us," Lindell wrote.

He added, "we just want to say sorry to you who feel cheated, but the meaning behind the experiment may provide a longer-term results, that we become more thoughtful about things we see on the Internet."
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  • Reply 1 of 37
    That is a sick screw, though. But I hope they don't do this. If I need to replace my screen, I have to unscrew stuff, and not being able to replace my screen would SUCK.
  • Reply 2 of 37
    elmsleyelmsley Posts: 120member


    I've already had experience with soft screws on the iMac.  Much the same.

     

  • Reply 3 of 37
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,834member


    So, how many new Apple employees were fired for leaking this?

  • Reply 4 of 37
    modemode Posts: 163member


    Asymmetric screw... lmao


    Considering such a screw is a type of 'Penrose Illusion' that is impossible to implement... who would believe this?


    Anyone who has ever used a screw before would just laugh at this.


     


    Funny stuff.

  • Reply 5 of 37
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,657member


    In unrelated news, Samsung is allegedly creating a new and unique design for its rumored Galaxy iV phone, a sequel to the Galaxy III. The sources indicate that TouchWiz will be using a tile based GUI.

  • Reply 6 of 37
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member


    Actually a screw like that might be easy to remove. It has so many traction points you could probably use a piece of plastic to mold it into the grooves with pressure. I don't think those screws need much torque to release. Not that it matters since it is fake.

  • Reply 7 of 37
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,491member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    He added, "we just want to say sorry to you who feel cheated, but the meaning behind the experiment may provide a longer-term results, that we become more thoughtful about things we see on the Internet."




    Not just that, but people that purposely put out misleading information out on the Internet and try to claim it as fact should be outed and plastered all over the Internet too as the lying idiots they are.



    This is not the same as what Apple (supposedly) does when creating false prototypes to flush out internal leaks, so don't try spinning my story.

  • Reply 8 of 37
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member

    Quote:


    Originally Posted by Mode View Post




    [quote]Asymmetric screw... lmao


    Considering such a screw is a type of 'Penrose Illusion' that is impossible to implement... who would believe this?


    Anyone who has ever used a screw before would just laugh at this.


     


    Funny stuff.




     


     


    I don't think it was in relation to the threads (with threads going in opposite, conflicting directions...that would indeed be a useless, non-working screw design).


     


    It seems they're talking about the screwhead itself, with its weird design that no existing, regular screwdriver of any type would fit into (asymmetrical, as in no right angles or straight-across lines that an existing Phillips or flat-tip driver could work with, and certainly none of the torx or pentalobe(?) drivers). Note the illustration and the silly head/slot design.


     


    If you were making a broader, drier point - and you're fully aware of the above - my apologies. My sarcasm detectors don't always fire on all cylinders...

  • Reply 9 of 37


    Here's a "news" update on this screw:


     


     


    image

  • Reply 10 of 37
    al_bundyal_bundy Posts: 1,525member


    the fact that most blogs will post and hype anything just to get hits is nothing new

  • Reply 11 of 37
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post




    Not just that, but people that purposely put out misleading information out on the Internet and try to claim it as fact should be outed and plastered all over the Internet too as the lying idiots they are.



    How many times does this happen accidentally? Someone publishes some inaccurate info and it gets repeated over and over. I think perhaps there should be a new search algorithm that can track stories back to their source, That would be something very useful. People sometimes say, I searched for this or that in Google and got 5,000 hits, not realizing that 99% of those hits are just regurgitating the same text found some where else on the Internet. Meanwhile the original article could be completely bogus. It is very frustrating when you are trying to find something and every link is the same incomplete or erroneous information all linking to a document that is 404.

  • Reply 12 of 37
    maltamalta Posts: 78member

    By the way, isn’t it about time for the "Apple engineer loses prototype iPhone in ________"  marketing campaign?


     


    This year my money is on left in a restroom of a restaurant.
  • Reply 13 of 37
    modemode Posts: 163member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mstone View Post


    Actually a screw like that might be easy to remove. It has so many traction points you could probably use a piece of plastic to mold it into the grooves with pressure. I don't think those screws need much torque to release. Not that it matters since it is fake.



     


    If you have to mold an object around the screw... then it's no longer a 'screw' by definition. 


    You do realize it's impossible to have an asymmetrical screw right? Unless you were screwing it into a malleable substance... but then you wouldn't need it to 'screw'.


    It would at that point become an 'anchor' or 'anchor screw', since it would be impossible to un-screw.

  • Reply 14 of 37
    lvidallvidal Posts: 158member


    I just hope that all the "leaks" of parts of the new iPhone that emerges every single day are false too, and Apple shows a completely different design.

  • Reply 15 of 37


    This is not how Apple does things.


     


    They would opt for the most direct and simplest screw possible--to maintain a zen about the product.

  • Reply 16 of 37
    mac_128mac_128 Posts: 3,399member
    Either way, the way I see this "experiment" is that Apple is capable of, and has done some pretty outrageous things. The real question should have been "is this physically possible" and if so then all bets are off. Wouldnt be he most unusual thing Apple has ever done ...
  • Reply 17 of 37
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mode View Post


     


    If you have to mold an object around the screw... then it's no longer a 'screw' by definition. 


    You do realize it's impossible to have an asymmetrical screw right? Unless you were screwing it into a malleable substance... but then you wouldn't need it to 'screw'.


    It would at that point become an 'anchor' or 'anchor screw', since it would be impossible to un-screw.



    We must not be looking at the same image. The one I see is a regular screw with a non traditional head. Think of a screw in a motorcycle crankcase which snaps off while trying to unthread it. We use a screw extractor (easy-out). You drill a hole into the shaft of the broken screw and then FORCE a reverse threaded harden steel twisted bit into the hole. Same idea. I know it is not worth going very deep into this subject since it serves very little purpose but from a physics point of view you could use a pointed piece of plastic and FORCE it into the screw head grooves. The malleable plastic is soft enough to conform, somewhat, to the unusual fastener head yet hard enough to produce the necessary friction to loosen the screw (theoretically) 

  • Reply 18 of 37
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member


    You want a symmetrical screw head that lines up fast in an assembly plant, which is why self centring screws replaced the original slotted ones.


     


    A screw head like that would create a production bottleneck of nightmarish proportions as each screw would have to be precisely lined up with the driver..

  • Reply 19 of 37
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,463member
    mac_128 wrote: »
    Either way, the way I see this "experiment" is that Apple is capable of, and has done some pretty outrageous things. The real question should have been "is this physically possible" and if so then all bets are off. Wouldnt be he most unusual thing Apple has ever done ...

    I've commented on this screw when it first came out.

    From an engineering standpoint, this "screw" is just about an impossible part. The threads are very impractical. The threads would be very hard to cut into a hole. They are way too weak, and wouldn't hold. The screw head is impractical for two reasons. The first is that it's too complex. It would be almost impossible to make a screwdriver fastener to fit it in the small sizes it would supposedly be made in. And secondly, the head is too shallow. There isn't enough metal depth for the tip to hold and not strip the head.

    Absurd design. I coulld have come up with a much better one.
    So, how many new Apple employees were fired for leaking this?

    None, as this has nothing to do with Apple.
  • Reply 20 of 37
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,419member


    I love it!!


     


    There should be more of this.     Sites who find this garbage and repost it should be embarrassed and understand that what they do has nothing to do with actual journalism, where you perform fact checking, quote sources, etc.   


     


    I would love to see a kind of "political correctness" that says that it's not cool to re-tweet other people's tweets or re-post other people's youtube videos, etc.     When will people understand that such clutter makes our lives worse, not better.   I think news sites should, as a matter of policy, not quote sites that in turn have quoted other sites.   They should always do the research to find out which site originally posted the material and post to that.    Otherwise, it becomes like a game of telephone.  


     


    But that is one cool looking screw (even if it wouldn't actually work).   I bet something very much like it shows up in movie set design for the next sci-fi blockbuster.   But they shouldn't have let us know it was phony so soon.   They should have let Samsung try and make such screws first.   I always thought Apple would start such disinformation campaigns, leaking all kinds of ridiculous information to confound the competition ("the next iPhone will be shaped like a hockey puck", "the next MBP will have a holographic display", etc..)      

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