A report from Guardian sparked a curious ?Error 53? message earlier this month, and the message was disabling iPhones. Users who ran an unofficial repair on their phones with non-Apple affiliated shops received the error messages. Most users have replaced the connector that connects the Touch ID sensor and iPhone?s home button, which is usually done in the process of replacing faulty home button assemblies.
However, Apple has rolled out an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 for its users and it can be availed via iTunes only for their iPhones. TechCrunch claims that the new update will restore phones ?bricked? or disabled by Error 53. The publication also says that the update will avoid disabling of upcoming iPhones that have had their home button replaced by third-party repair centers. It is worth noting that the update rolled out is not a brand-new version of iOS but a patched version of iOS 9.2.1.
Users who install the update through iCloud, the patch of update is not for them, as the users are less likely to encounter with Error 53 message. However, users can update it via iTunes to restore their phone?s functionality.
TechCrunch states that Apple has issued a statement to them and it reads:
?Some customers? devices are showing ?Connect to iTunes? after attempting an iOS update or a restore from iTunes on a Mac or PC. This reports as an Error 53 in iTunes and appears when a device fails a security test. This test was designed to check whether Touch ID works properly before the device leaves the factory.
Today, Apple released a software update that allows customers who have encountered this error message to successfully restore their device using iTunes on a Mac or PC.
We apologize for any inconvenience; this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers. Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.?
Although, Apple has fixed the Error 53, it is not advisable for the users to approach a third-party repair center to replace the Touch ID sensor could be a huge security risk. Such repair shop or corrupted part would have the possibility of access to users? phone or its data.