This week, some advice for users of apple products. Error 53 can hit DIY types or anybody who has ever had a Touch ID sensor (or other iPhone hardware) replaced by a repair shop not authorized by Apple. When they update iOS, the device locks down, displaying the cryptic Error 53 message and rendering the iPhone virtually worthless.
Apple says Error 53 is actually a security feature of iOS 9 that keeps your personal information secure. Error 53 has plagued many iPhone owners, not just those who have replaced Touch ID — and it’s not totally clear why, devices that have undergone unauthorized screen repairs can be bricked by Error 53.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are definitely at risk. It’s still not clear if the 6s and 6s Plus are vulnerable, too, because they use a different cable design than earlier models. iPads with Touch ID can get the error, but the iPhone 5s is not affected, even though it has Touch ID.
Apple have released a fix for the issue and a software update has now been released so that iPhone customers with disabled phones may restore their device via iTunes on a PC or Mac. Apple also stated that “Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.”
Our advice is to use reputable & authorised repair shops to reduce the risk of putting your data at risk.