This week, a problem that users may suffer when repairing our device with Touch ID in an unofficial establishment has begun to run like gunpowder. If the mechanic is not very careful, it can cause a small breakdown that leads to the Error 53. But what does the Error mean 53? What can I do if it appears to me when trying to update or restore my device? If you have already seen it, the truth is that it does not look good at all, but Apple has already stepped out of criticism to give its version.
In its statement, Apple says that this error is not made with bad intentions (What would I say?), But that it is for security reasons. If we take our iPhone to repair and put a fingerprint sensor manipulated in some way, a malicious user could gain access to all our information. In other words and very summed up, Error 53 exists because of the security of our information.
“We take the safety of our customers very seriously and Error 53 is the result of checks designed to protect our customers. iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor of your iPhone or iPad matches other components of your device. If iOS encounters something that does not match, the check fails and the Touch ID, including the use of Apple Pay, is disabled. This security measure is necessary to protect your device and prevent fraudulent use of the Touch ID sensor. If a customer encounters Error 53, we encourage you to contact Apple support. ”
Is Error 53 exclusive to third party repairs?
No. We can also see this error if it is repaired. an official or authorized establishment of Manzana. But there is a fundamental difference: if we see Error 53 after an official repair, Apple takes over the new repair. Taking into account that the Touch ID has to match with other hardware, they can make the check correct or give us a refurbished or reconditioned device.
Can you make a By-Pass to skip Error 53?
No. Do you remember what Tim Cook says when asked to create backdoors to spy on terrorists? If you create a backdoor for the "good guys", it's only a matter of time before the "bad" find it and exploit it. If Apple created a way to skip this error, any malicious user could put Fraudulent Touch IDs into circulation, the error would be skipped and our data would be in danger.
Whose fault is it that this is happening?
This question does not have an easy answer. The short answer is that Apple is to blame. The long answer is that the fault is from the users for not taking into account what was explained when they presented the Touch ID in 2013: the fingerprint sensor they presented with the iPhone 5s, and, therefore, all others, will only work together with the A-x processor with which it was mounted. They already said it in their day and also explained that it was for security reasons. We are the users who are forgetting it by taking our iPhone to an unofficial establishment.
This reminds me of what happened to a brother when taking a car of a French brand to an unofficial workshop. They caused him a very expensive electronic breakdown and the insurance did not pay for it, and he did not pay it because the repair was not entirely correct, not for not going to the official workshop. On the other hand, the work of the unofficial mechanic was fine, only an official computer was needed to avoid post-repair problems.
So, to make sure: What should I do?
This question also does not have an answer that everyone likes equally. The safest is always go to an official or authorized establishment. By this I do not mean that they have better professionals, but that they have the power to respond to a bad repair. If the official workshop causes us another failure, we pay the new repair. If we go to an unofficial establishment, if it goes well at first, everything is correct. If then it goes wrong and it is not a mechanical problem, we already have the problem.
The most serious problem is in countries where there are no official establishments. In these cases I would say that cheap can be expensive. For any problem, especially if the Touch ID is involved, it is best to contact Apple Support from the Apple website in the country in question. They will tell us everything we can do, although we certainly don't like the answer. In any case, I think prevention is better than cure, and more on a device with these prices.
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