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Error 53 – Not If Done Right!

Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of attention has been given to the dreaded “Error 53” fiasco responsible for the “bricking” of iPhones recently… with the blame squarely targeting on Apple for being a big fat jerk-face who’s mom is ugly. Quick recap, Error 53 happens when you have your iPhone TouchID Home button replaced by a 3rd party that doesn’t know what they are doing and you receive a beautiful glass and steel paperweight in return.

Well, here’s the thing… people bitched about the scary Fingerprint Sensor technology when it first came out, now they are bitching about Apple protecting their ass. Now, don’t get me wrong, completely disabling the phone is a bit extreme and has folks like our friend Kyle Weins frothing at the mouth (for good reason!), but the idea behind Error 53 is sound. In Apples sound logic, if the phone detects that the TouchID sensor has been played with it interprets that as a security breach and instead of negotiating, goes for the nuclear option outright.

Error 53

Diplomacy has it’s advantages Apple.. namely the lack of lawsuits.

We know what it is now, we know the media is going into Tasmanian Devil mode about it and we know Android users are laughing in their usual misinformed and drooling on their shirts way associated with lobotomy victims. So why am I talking about it?

Because us “3rd party”, “not authorized” repair business are being targeted and vilified.

Error 53 Being Caused By Lack Of Knowledge

Admittedly, sometimes they are being called out justifiably so. Not all repair places are created equal, and The Stem Group prides itself as being part of the cream of the crop. Because we specialize in Apple products, we take the time to know the technology inside and out. We knew how Touch ID worked from when it was introduced and knew NOT to change out Touch ID equipment.

What has changed are the consequences.

Before, the worst that happened was the Fingerprint sensor stopped working, but now we have unusable phones that Apple refuses to replaced stating it must have been opened by a Non-Authorized Apple repair place.

The bad news is there isn’t a whole lot we can do about this at the moment. We have to be patient and see if the pending lawsuits get anywhere. This indeed is a dick move by Apple.

Don’t let this discourage you from supporting local small business and getting your repairs done by Apple Specialists like The Stem or other reputable business likes iPhix (they do know their digitizers from flux capacitors over there). Believe it or not, the Apple Store Geniuses are anything but..:-)

Stay tuned for updates when they come in!

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Ryszard (Rick) Gold, From Calgary, Alberta, Canada has over 20 years of experience working with Apple products in a technical capacity. Passionate about technology in general, his natural troubleshooting abilities, curiosity and appreciation of good design lead him into working exclusively with Apple Computer products.
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