Apple's 'Error 53′ is bricking iPhones repaired by third-parties for security reasons

A lot of iPhone users have been encountering Error 53 on Touch ID-equipped iPhone leaving it unusable via an endless reboot loop. The issue effects iPhones that have gotten their Touch ID repaired from third party repair store not authorised by Apple. Several users noted the issue after they updated to the latest version of iOS.

Now, Apple in a statement to the Guardian said that many iPhones, getting their Touch ID sensor repaired by third party repair are getting bricked when iOS is updated. The company does so to ensure that users are not using fraudulent Touch ID sensor. However, the issue doesn't only impact devices that have got their Touch ID sensor replaced, but any parts/components that could affect the Touch ID sensor. Apple said that this is a protective security measure and is indeed a deliberate one specifically designed to protect users.

Apple said, “We take customer security very seriously and Error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers. iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor in your iPhone or iPad correctly matches your device’s other components. If iOS finds a mismatch, the check fails and Touch ID, including for Apple Pay use, is disabled. This security measure is necessary to protect your device and prevent a fraudulent Touch ID sensor from being used. If a customer encounters Error 53, we encourage them to contact Apple Support.”

One of the reason for people to opt for unauthorized repair store is the cost. Almost every iPhone component in Apple-authorized repair centre are costly as compared to unauthorized stores. For instance, Apple iPhone 6 display replacement in Apple-authorized stores costs Rs. 26,000, while in third party repair stores it will set you back by Rs. 7,000. It is easier for iPhones covered under warranty, extended warranty and accidental insurance (Apple Care), but owners of older iPhones will have to bear such a huge expense.

This is an example of how strict Apple is, when it comes to security.

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Kaiser Bey
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