A flat blade screw driver that fits between any two of the 5 "lobes" may work or between one out-pointing lobe and an opposite in-pointing lobe... unless they're in there too tight. The right tool (pentalobe screwdriver) is really the right choice. It puts the force basically equally on the right places of the 5 edges.
I tried a tri-lobe (security bit area) from Menards for the tri-lobe screw for the trackpad and it was too pointed to fit. A flatter tri-lobe is needed. I might have to spend the $$ and get the right sized tools as I plan on having to do some repairs. Then again, the tri-lobe from menards was only $2 so I might just try grinding down the tip with my Dremel.
For the trackpad screw, a small flat blade did work from one outer lobe to the left or right of the opposite inner lobe (depending if loosening or tightening), but it wouldn't work on the smaller tri-lobed screws on the keyboard side of the trackpad as they were just too small for the blade.
the only other screwdriver I've tried was a very small straight jewelers screwdriver. But you better make sure that it fits all the way in and does not slip since this could ruin your screws. You might want to wait and order the right set from here
Guess I forgot to attach that link...thanks mayer.
I was just wondering if there was any tricks to use a flathead or Phillips?
You might want to try a sharp razor blade!But you have to be careful when using it though! It might not be good to tighten the screws! But pretty effective in removing the iPhone's external screws
por Gavindu De Silva
Tip of a pocket knife works also
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