An update on Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 9, has been the cause of late permanent breakdown of numerous iPhone handsets around the globe.

A large number of people who have installed the most recent software update for the OS have been welcomed with ‘Blunder 53,’ which reportedly kills an iPhone 6 for good, with no real way to reset or recover. The issue is reportedly established in the handset’s home button. If the said button, which has Touch ID recognition built-in, has been modified or repaired by a “non-official” Apple organization or individual, the error message will show up bricking a user’s telephone for good. Owners who simply dropped their telephone and had a bit of the telephone damaged, and after that attempted to upgrade to iOS 9 without having it properly repaired were likewise affected.

With the error message displayed, a user can do nothing to save the telephone. The error message will continue, and all the data that was on the telephone won’t be retrievable anymore.

Apple was reportedly aware of the issue, yet has made no steps towards fixing the issue or warning users about the barrier when updating their telephone’s software.

One of the people who were influenced, Antonio Olmos, an independent photographer on assignment for The Guardian, had his telephone repaired in a local shop while covering an occasion in Macedonia. When prompted with the update, he accepted, however acknowledged after that the telephone has been bricked, with the ‘Error 53’ message appearing.

When he took it to an Apple Store, he was informed that there was nothing that can be done. Olmos finally resorted to purchasing a replacement gadget, which set him back £270.

The issue appears to not be a isolated case, as doing a search online will return consequences of numerous comparable cases. Issues of how a telephone was simply dropped can be found, and also having the home button repaired by a non-Apple specialist. All the cases came about to “Error 53,” driving users to a dead end for their iPhones.

According to Kyle Wiens from iFixit, an organization specializing in tech repair, the issue happens when the third-party professional modifies the components of the home button. Upon the software update, the system checks if all the telephone’s parts are still intact. If not, it will basically lock the user out of the telephone.

Wiens, in an interview with The Guardian, is exploring the idea that the error message could be a deliberate move. “All along, Apple’s perspective is that it doesn’t want third parties carrying out repairs to its items, and this looks like a conspicuous extension of that,” he said.

An Apple spokesperson has opened up to The Guardian about the issue. She said:

We ensure unique mark data using a secure enclave, which is particularly paired to the touch ID sensor. At the point 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 gadget and the iOS features identified with touch Error 53ID remain secure. Without this unique pairing, a malicious touch ID sensor could be substituted, in this way accessing the secure enclave. When iOS identifies that the pairing falls, touch ID, including Apple Pay, is disabled so the device stays secure.

In conclusion, she expressed that ‘Error 53’ is caused by a pairing failure inside of the touch ID, which is because of invalid parts used for the handset. She advises users who experience such an error when upgrading to simply contact Apple to have the device checked up.

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