iPhone users report Error 53 messages that leave their device useless. Apple says the Touch ID checks are to protect customers
An update to iOS is disabling iPhones that have had a replacement TouchID sensor installed by third party, rendering them completely useless.
Thousands of iPhone owners are believed to have suffered from an ‘Error 53’ message after installing an iOS upgrade and there is no known way of restoring functionality.
Apple has confirmed iOS checks for non-standard components and says it is necessary to protect the security of customers. However the company is coming in for criticism for not advertising the fact that unofficial repairs could result in an expensive, non-usable brick.
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Touch ID was first included in the iPhone 5S back in 2013 and has since become an integral security feature of subsequent models as well as the iPad. The fingerprint sensor allows the owner of a smartphone or tablet to unlock their device without the need to enter a passcode.
Third party applications, such as Box and Natwest, also make use of TouchID.
However from almost the moment the feature was announced, hackers turned their attention to cracking the feature, while a botched update in 2014 accidentally disabled Touch ID altogether.