How Error 53 Turns Your iPhone Into A Brick
The Error 53 problem gained wide attention after it was found iPhone owners suddenly unable to use their phone after running a software update. The problem affects iPhones with Touch ID, the fingerprint recognition feature built into the iPhone 5s and later. According to the Guardian report, users run into the Error 53 problem after taking their iPhone in for repairs, typically for a damaged screen. The phone will work fine until the user updates the phone’s OS; that’s when the Error 53 message appears, and the iPhone stops working.
Apple confirmed that the problem exists, blaming unauthorized repairs for the issue. When Apple — or an authorized repair center — fixes an iPhone screen, it revalidates the pairing between the Touch ID sensors and the secure enclave that stores all your fingerprint data. If your phone can’t verify the pairing with the sensor, it will stop working.
It is some sort of plot to force you to only repair your phone with Apple or one of its approved reps, the pairing requirement is actually a fairly important security feature. A lot of personal data is tied into your fingerprint on iPhones with Touch ID features — not the least of which is credit card information used as part of the Apple Pay mobile payment service. Without that security measure in place, a thief could swap in a phony Touch ID sensor and access your data.
Still, that’s of little comfort if you find yourself with an iPhone that needs repair and no authorized Apple repair provider nearby. It’s an even greater concern if you’ve already had that unauthorized repair performed. Apple says that iPhone users receiving the Error 53 message should contact Apple support.
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by techtalks @TechTalks April 1, 2016 5:12 AM UTC