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Apple’s Error 53 is About Greed, Not Security

Apple’s claim that they must disable an iPhone after its home button is replaced for security reasons makes no sense. It’s Apple’s attempt to get even more money out of its users.

Image from Joe Penniston on Flickr
Image from Joe Penniston on Flickr

If Apple’s software can recognize the home button has been replaced, simply disable the fingerprint sensor and require a passcode. Inconvenient for a user, but not a catastrophe.

People can still have the pictures of their kids, pets, texts with loved ones, and all the other valuable content we keep on our phones. It doesn’t all just disappear because they chose the fiscally responsible action of having their broken iPhone fixed by someone other than Apple.

The most likely reason for Apple doing this is profit, not security.

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How To Avoid Error 53 With Your iPhone Repair

The best way to deal with an error 53 problem? Go to a reputable repair company for your cracked iPhone screen and you won’t have to worry about it.

The Guardian broke a story a about Apple a few days ago. It was about a software update that will make iPhone’s with a replaced home button no longer work at all (frequently referred to as a “bricked iPhone”). From the article:

It’s the message that spells doom and will render your handset worthless if it’s been repaired by a third party. But there’s no warning and no fix.

But this quote from the article is EXTREMELY MISLEADING because the statement is incomplete. In particular, here’s what it should say:

It’s the message that spells doom and will render your handset worthless if it’s [home button has been replaced by a third party that messed up a screen repair and ripped your home button cable].

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