I was very disappointed to see the news report today that Apple has been changing the screws on the iPhone 4 when it is brought into service. Even as I type this, I still can't believe they are doing that. I'm sure there are plenty of folks on here who will support it but my point is to not start a war of words. Rather, I'd like to know, is it legal for them to do that? How can a company make a permanent modification to something that you own without your permission? I mean I just can't believe the nerve to do something like that. They had two people on CNBC this afternoon discussing it - one opposed to the change, the other in favor of it. The girl in favor of it was from CNET (surprise) and framed the move in the context of preventing people from getting hurt by changing their batteries, which she claimed can later explode. Yet I had my car battery changed 3 years ago. When my car was returned to me, the hood was not welded shut. To me, this is Apple taking their desire to "parent" us to the nth degree. I have two parents, fortunately, and I do not desire Steve to be a surrogate. I hope someone challenges the legality of this because I don't see how it can pass muster. I'll say this in conclusion: I mused aloud a few years ago, in jest, that I wondered if Apple would ever require users to bring their machines in for regular servicing. While I still think this is unlikely, they are taking other scary steps. And, it's all about money and control. Outside of my iPhone 3G, I will not be ceding any more of my money and control to Apple.