Honestly, the first idea that came to my mind when i first got wind of Apple’s “Error 53” fracas was simple. Yes, simple — simply ignore the whole issue. The whole issue doesn’t just reck of sheer arrogance by Apple but also indisputably emblematic of their “emerging” fall out with reality. I did quite a good job of ignoring the issue, at least for a whole 72 hours until the Cupertino based giant released a rather technically useless press release on the issue on Saturday saying; “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.”
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Ok, you probably might be a little bit lost ( or maybe totally) if you haven’t been following the ” Error 53 ” saga. Apple’s techies decided to chip in some totally annoying lines of code in its OS software that pops up an ” Error 53 ” error code, permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s when software is upgraded. The error code reportedly targets iPhone 6s devices that have undergone repairs by third party repair vendors other than Apple’s official stores. In a nutshell, The error message means your iPhone has permanently been disabled because the home button is broken or replaced by a non-Apple technician — Or in a more simpler form because Apple’s techies were dumb enough to put such dumb restrictions there in the first place. By the way, for posterity sake — whoever wrote those codes should be shot in the butt. The code glitch has also reportedly affected customers whose phone has been damaged but who have been able to carry on using it without the need for a repair. Even though unofficial repairmen were employed to fix your iPhone’s home button, the error code may not pop-up until the latest version of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 9, is installed
If for some reason, the home button of your iPhone is broken, you might want to consider thinking twice before going to a third-party repairman to get it fixed. Well, unless of course you feel its time you tried suing Apple for it
The Error code problem started popping up frequently, just after Cupertino’s latest tweak to Apple’s iOS 9 software. After a succesful installation, something that should signify happy days ahead, a growing number of people have watched in annoyance and total horror as their phone, which may well have cost them a fortune, is rendered, to put in a simple way — annoyingly useless. The terrifying experience of irretrievably loosing those cute selfies, groupies, videos or other data held on the smartphone is heart breaking — and as those UN peeps would best put it, “A Crime Against Humanity”.
The whole idea is so dumb, Apple barely has a handful of Stores globally to cater for the over 1billion reported active iphones. “The whole thing is extraordinary. How can a company deliberately make their own products useless with an upgrade and not warn their own customers about it? Outside of the big industrialised nations, Apple stores are few and far between, and damaged phones can only be brought back to life by small third-party repairers. “I am not even sure these third-party outfits even know this is a potential problem,” laments The Guardian journalist Antonio Olmos, who accidently dropped his iPhone while covering the refugee crisis in the Balkans and had to use a local repair shop to fix it. According to The Guardian; After using a local shop for repairs because there were no Apple shops in Macedonia, Antonio never thought about it until he received “the standard notification by Apple inviting him to install the latest software. He accepted the upgrade, but within seconds the phone was displaying “error 53” and was, in effect, dead”. Antonio is however just one of thousands of people who have ignorantly fallen victim to Apple’s corporate carelessness.
Apple have remained surprisingly quite, only occasionally reasserting their stand that the “Error 53” error is a well intended security feature. I personally however up till this moment find it hard to figure out how wiping a customers iPhone of valuable data because he decided to make repairs is a security feature. Is Error 53 Apple’s way of forcing iPhone users to patronise only Apple store for repairs? Is this Apple trying to developed a more airtight ecosystem around its products? Watch this space for more updates on Apple’s Weird Error 53.