Apple issues fix for iPhones bricked by controversial 'error 53'
Published 19/02/2016 | 09:16
Apple has released an updated version of its iOS operating system to rectify Error 53; this fix lets disabled iPhones to reboot and download the patch.
Apple has released a fix for iPhones that were hit by Error 53, a software issue that bricked iPhones that had had their home buttons replaced by a third party.
When the issue was initially discovered, Apple said that Error 53 was a security feature designed to protect customers. “This security measure is necessary to protect your device and prevent a fraudulent Touch ID sensor from being used," it said.
iPhone owners who used a third-party to repair the home button, which doubles as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, found that their device shut down with no way to restart it.
Apple has since apologised for the issue and says that it was designed to be a "factory test." An updated version of its iOS has been released. The fix lets users with disabled iPhones clear the error by connecting them to iTunes and installing the updated iOS. Resolving Error 53 will not re-enable Touch ID; to regain this functionality, you'll need to have your home button replaced by Apple.
Apple is currently facing a class action lawsuit over the Error 53 incident.