Gizmodo spoke with Apple today about the outcry of iPhones with “Error 53” and the bricking of these phones. In the correspondence with Apple, the Error 53 message is not what’s bricking your phone, what’s bricking your phone is it being repaired by an unauthorized dealer. More specifically the home button on your iPhone.
Those of us with the iPhone 6 and 6s get into our phones through finger print recognition on the home button. When your screen breaks and part of that break is over the home button it needs to be repaired by Apple to prevent the “Error 53”.
Now normally I’m one of those people who will jump all over Apple for making proprietary components in order to sell you things directly from them and cutting out possibly cheaper third parties. However, in this instance I’m all for it since it prevents someone from stealing your phone, replacing the glass and then having access to all of your info.
Here is what Apple told Gizmodo:
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.