Monday, February 15, 2016

Apple iPhone Error53 and the only way to fix it

Well, if you are like one of my friends who was happy he got the iOS 9 upgrade in the weekend, and the next thing his face turns into - is not an excited look but a I'll be damned one.

Cut to the chase - he had dropped his iPhone some months ago and got it serviced locally and all was fine, it was operating normally with the screen and home button and yes - secure using pin codes. Now, he learns about Error 53 (which actually means iPhone is disabled from everything - yes - EVERYTHING) and asked me to research about it. I did and found the spokeswoman from Apple say:

A spokeswoman for Apple told Money: “We protect fingerprint data using a secure enclave, which is uniquely paired to the touch ID sensor. When iPhone is serviced by an authorised Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. This check ensures the device and the iOS features related to touch ID remain secure. Without this unique pairing, a malicious touch ID sensor could be substituted, thereby gaining access to the secure enclave. When iOS detects that the pairing fails, touch ID, including Apple Pay, is disabled so the device remains secure.

Again, long story short - this means the only way to fix an Error 53 iPhone is to take it to Apple authorized service center or simply - contact Apple support.

To myself: What iOS version does my iPad have, first of all, where's my iPad!!... Look changes.

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