- Oct 6, 2011
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This story makes my blood boil and I don't even carry an iPhone! Apple has decided that they want full control of iPhone repairs. There have been mom and pop iPhone repair shops since the beginning of the iPhone. Now those shops could possibly go out of business.
Apple is issuing an update which checks for original parts. If your iPhone has been serviced and the repair shop used a part that was not sold to them by apple your phone instantly brick showing "Error 53". Your data on the phone is wiped and the device is rendered useless. There is no way to fix this so not only do you lose all your data for good, you now have to go an buy a new phone. If you receive this error Apple will apparently replace the phone for roughly $300. This is on top of whatever you paid to have your phone fixed the first time.
This should be illegal. Car manufacturers can not insist that you only use their parts. How would you feel if dell built a kill switch into your computer which would go off if you decided to use Kingston memory instead of Dell memory?! Apparently the error has been an issue with phones that have had the home button replaced. Apple's explanation is that a 3rd party fingerprint scanner could be malicious and could compromise the customer's security.
Via The Guardian