Thanks to an article in The Guardian, the Internet exploded over the weekend with news about the iPhone-killing error. The error has prompted a lot of outcry that Apple is purposefully squeezing out independent iDevice repair—and forcing people who made “unauthorized” repairs to buy a new phone. Back in October, Jessa posted a YouTube video on Error 53. Until users plug into iTunes, initiate an update, and trigger Error 53—which permanently bricks a previously-working phone. http://axishost.net/error-53/error-53-itunes-fix.php
Since then, she’s been getting “anxious requests from stunned users for help solving Error 53 every single day.” Unfortunately, for most people there’s no way to get their phone back. “Their Menu Search Search for: Categories Activism Contests Copyright E-Waste Events Fixers Hacking iFixit News Materials Product Design Recycling Repair Smarter Repair Stories Repair Screenshot courtesy of Jessa Jones. Well, here’s what an actual independent repair tech of iDevices thinks about it: “I am thrilled to see widespread attention finally coming to the Error 53 plague,” wrote Jessa Jones in https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205628
Apple defended Error 53 to The Guardian as a Touch ID-related security measure: We protect fingerprint data using a s Jessa is the owner of the iPad Rehab, the proprietor of Practical Board Repair School, and one of the most knowledgeable repair experts that we’ve ever met. As we previously detailed, Error 53 mostly affects iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users who have replaced their home buttons on their own or through an independent repair tech. Post-repair, the phone works fine.