Apple iPhone users worried that their jailbreaking ways will be punished by Steve Jobs and friends are being teased with an April Fools Day special offer by gadget teardown specialist iFixit: an iPhone 4 Oppression Kit.
The phony iPhone offer is a play on iFixit's quite serious revelation earlier this year about Apple's "diabolical plan" to swap out regular Philips head screws for tamper-resistant ones with a pentalobe shape. iFixit responded by offering a real $10 kit to unscrew the Torx-like screws it said Apple Store employees put in and put back the old ones.
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As for iFixit's April Fools Day prank, the company states: "We've known for a while that the carriers know where you are at all times-and could be sharing your every move with Cupertino. Recent reports indicate that Apple and their confederates know far more about what you're doing with your phone than previously thought. What if Apple finds out that you liberated your phone? You're risking the vitality of your phone every minute that passes without the safe, secure Pentalobe screws in place. Don't jeopardize such a beautiful creation with your negligence and ignorance. Buy the Pentalobe Oppression Kit today - if you swap your screws back fast enough, your family will still be there when you get home to thank you!"
As colleague Paul McNamara explains in his blog today, Apple has a history of being part of April Fools Day gags.
For a running list of mostly tech-related April Fools Day foolishness from April 1, 2011, follow our April Fools Day 2011: The hilarious, the not so funny and the even unfunnier.
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