iPhone users are seeing a new twist on the dreaded “Error 53” screens, which signals a smartphone is beyond repair. Apple reportedly notes that Error 53 is the result of a Touch ID security feature designed to protect users.
Apple iPhone users with an enabled Touch ID thumbprint reader are at risk of encountering the dreaded “Error 53” screen, which indicates the device has been rendered useless, according to a report in The Guardian.
This problem rears its ugly head when a user relies on a third-party repair shop to fix the iPhone or iPad and that shop replaces the Touch ID sensor button. When the next iOS update rolls around, that’s when the Error 53 screen will likely appear.