Apple’s software update could kill your iPhone 6

'Error 53' message will break handsets taken in for third party repair.

Apple’s software update could kill your iPhone 6

If a mysterious error code called ‘Error 53’ pops up on your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, brace yourself. This message has been occurring on iPhones since the emergence of iOS 9 updates. For devices that have undergone third-party repairs, the error message could mean imminent death.

Apple says that the error appears to protect customers, but thousands of users are claiming that it has rendered their iPhones useless, and any data kept within is lost without hope of retrieval. The focal point of the issue lies in the security measures of the Touch ID sensor.

Apple released its latest statement on the issue to AppleInsider, explaining the security purposes behind the move.
The statement said, ‘We take our 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.

WHAT IS ERROR 53?

  • 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.
  • As a result, Error 53 shows up, rendering the phone unusable.
  • Any third-party repairs that affect this area, like the home-button or the screen, can spur the messages, and thus, the death-sentence, for an iPhone.

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