ERROR 53: YOUR IPHONE WILL BE ‘DISABLED’ IF APPLE DETECTS THIRD-PARTY REPAIRS
The latest software updates for iPhone 6 handsets will leave your phone worthless if it has been repaired by a 3rd party.
Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim that they are left with useless handsets as Apple’s latest OS updates disables the phone if it detects that the phone has been repaired by a third party or a non-Apple technician.
At the moment there are very few people who are familiar with Error 53 problem. But when it happens you will surely know about it.
According to our specialists, it will
kill your iPhone.
The issue appears to affect the handsets whose ‘Home’ button – which also has the built-in touch ID recognition – has been repaired by a non-official company or technician. Reportedly, this update has also affected those people who are carrying a damaged phone without the need for repairing it.
The problem only pops up when the phone is upgraded to Apple’s latest software, iOS9. The phone may seems to work fine for weeks or month since being damaged or repaired.
After installation, a lot of people have watched their phone rendered useless by the Error 53. The number of such complains is still growing.
Any photos or data saved in the device is lost – and is irretrievable.
Tech gurus claim that Apple knows about the problem – of course they created it. They have done nothing to educate the users about the latest changes. Most of the users don’t know that their phone will be bricked if they upgrade it to iOS9.
Antonio Olmos – freelance photographer and an Apple addict – says his phone was disabled a few weeks after he upgraded the software. Previously, he had got his phone repaired from a local shop in Macedonia.
“ I was in the Balkans covering the refugee crisis in September when I dropped my phone. Because I desperately needed it for work I got it fixed at a local shop, as there are no Apple stores in Macedonia. They repaired the screen and home button, and it worked perfectly. ”
He says that he was sent a standard notification by Apple inviting him to upgrade to the latest version. He accepted it. But within few seconds the phone was displaying “Error 53” and was dead.
Olmos has spent thousands of dollars on Apple products over the years. When he took his dead phone to an Apple Store in London, the staff told him that there is nothing they could do. And his phone is now a piece of junk.
It seems that Olmos is not the only one affected. If you Google Error 53, you will find a lot of people shouting about the same problem.
On December 31, “Arjunthebuster” posted a message on an Apple Support Communities forum that he bought his iPhone 6 from Dubai in January, 2015. It fell from his pocket, causing a small amount of damage. He kept using the phone. It was working fine until November, when he tried to install iOS 9 and “Error 53” popped up.
He also said that he has lost all his data. And he only wants Apple to fix Error 53 so that he may resume using his phone.
Apple’s move appears to contravene competition rule, as it seems they have designed it to squeeze out independent technicians. Keep in mind, Car manufacturers are not allowed to insist that the buyer only gets their car repaired by them.
Whereas an independent technician would charge only a fraction of it.
The Error 53 occurs if your technician has changed the Home button or the cable. After the software update the device checks its components to make sure everything is original. And if it’s not, the device is tempered with, the software simply locks down the phone. And till now, no one knows how to bring it back to life.
What Apple Has to Say About Error 53
A spokeswoman for Apple told Guardian Money:
“ We protect fingerprint data using a secure enclave, which is uniquely paired to the touch ID sensor. When iPhone is serviced by an authorized Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. This check ensures the device and the iOS features related to touch ID remain secure. Without this unique pairing, a malicious touch ID sensor could be substituted, thereby gaining access to the secure enclave. When iOS detects that the pairing fails, touch ID, including Apple Pay, is disabled so the device remains secure. ”
She also added:
“ When an iPhone is serviced by an unauthorized repair provider, faulty screens or other invalid components that affect the touch ID sensor could cause the check to fail if the pairing cannot be validated. With a subsequent update or restore, additional security checks result in an ‘error 53’ being displayed … If a customer encounters an unrecoverable error 53, we recommend contacting Apple support. ”