Update: Apple has apologized and rolled out a fix for Error 53
Smartphone display shattering is indeed a heartbreaking ordeal most of us experience at some point of time. Fortunately, owning a popular smartphone means spares are readily available and screen replacement cost won’t throw you into a conundrum where you are undecided for weeks between replacing the panel or entirely buying a new phone.
Since Apple iPhones are immensely popular, replacements have mostly come cheap and easy from unofficial market places. The difference is a significant one. Replacing iPhone displays from official stores costs around 22,000 INR, while the same can be achieved for mere 2,000 bucks from third party individuals or shops. Moving forward, that shall no longer be true.
In an extreme measure, Apple is bricking all iPhones repaired at third party shops citing security concerns. Any tampering with Touch-ID could mean someone picking up your biometric signature and misusing it.
Not only Touch ID, but replacement of other associated parts, including display will lead to Error 53, which is technical term for Apple brazenly bricking your device. The error occurs when you update your iPhone and has been around for quite some time now, but Apple has only recently acknowledged the issue. Once bricked, there is no solution to repair your phone or to recover any local data. You will have to buy a new phone.
The heavy handed approach Apple has resorted to are indeed extreme. Do you believe it’s unethical to strong arm consumers the Apple way or you are of the opinion that extreme measures are justified to protect your unique biometric signature, which could be gravely mis-used in the wrong hands? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.