Apple has issued an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 which aims to fix the’Error 53′ issue that causes an iPhone 6/6s be rendered unusable when users tried to install the latest sofware update via iTunes.
The said error was supposed to be a security feature placed by Apple on the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner. During the software update via iTunes, iOS checks if the TouchID sensor matches with the other components on the handset. If the operating system detects that the components didn’t match, it will display ‘Error 53’.
The error will be displayed if the TouchID module, or the Home button, was repaired or replaced by a third-party repair center. Furthermore, users will only encounter ‘Error 53’ if they attempt to update the OS of their repaired iPhone via iTunes.
Fortunately, Apple has released a new version of iOS 9.2.1, specifically to address this issue. With this new patch, users will be able to update to the latest version of iOS via iTunes, albeit it will not reactivate the TouchID sensor.
The good thing here is that through this new software update, users can un-brick their iPhone or update to the latest version of iOS without the fear of turning their handset in to a paperweight. On the other hand, they will not be able to use the TouchID unless they take the handset to an authorized repair center to have it repaired/replaced, with a handsome fee of course.
You can find out more about ‘Error 53’, and what are your options if it happens to your iPhone, on this link