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Touch ID Safety Feature

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:24 pm
by Stephen Hart
Unauthorized Touch ID home button repairs may 'brick' iPhones
If by "brick" you mean "protect."

Bottom line: If your touch sensor goes bad, who you gonna call? Apple! ... ks.132375/

Re: Touch ID Safety Feature?

Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:07 pm
by Stephen Hart
Today, Apple is issuing an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 for users that update their iPhones via iTunes only. This update will restore phones ‘bricked’ or disabled by Error 53 and will prevent future iPhones that have had their home button (or the cable) replaced by third-party repair centers from being disabled. Note that this is a patched version of iOS 9.2.1, previously issued, not a brand-new version of iOS.

Update: A new support document on Apple’s site has been issued that details the causes and repair methods for Error 53. ... -error-53/

In earlier reports, I read that Apple apparently has said this behavior was intended as a self test during iPhone assembly.

Note that all users will now see iTunes offering an update--from 9.2.1 too 9.2.1--but Software Update on the iPhone will not. Could be confusing.

If you usually update by WiFi, as I do, you wouldn't have had the error in the first place, and don't really need to download the updater in iTunes, except to avoid the confusing dialog box.

Re: Touch ID Safety Feature?

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:55 am
by Stephen Hart
One more odd note:

Normally when you choose to update an iPhone in iTunes, you get the choice of download and update or download only. For this nameless update, the choices are download and update and restore.

If you choose to download but keep your iPhone in use during the hours it takes to download a full restore package (9 hours on our DSL), you can just unplug your iPhone and go about your business. You'll see an error message the next morning, but you can just dismiss that and plug your iPhone in. iTunes will then extract the downloaded package and proceed.