Some user all over the word have been talking about an unusual Error 53 displayed on their computer after trying to update or restore their device with Touch ID. Now their device is useless and they dont know what to do.
What is Error 53?
Error 53 is an unfixable error code displayed by iTunes at the moment an iDevice with a unidentified Touch ID module is restored.
What causes an Error 53?
Apple’s Official have made an statement for this error, this error happens to devices that had Touch ID or other components related to the (Touch ID) fingerprint-recognition feature replaced by an unauthorized party.
If your iOS device has Touch ID, iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor matches your device’s other components during an update or restore. This check keeps your device and the iOS features related to Touch ID secure. When iOS finds an unidentified or unexpected Touch ID module, the check fails. For example, an unauthorized or faulty screen replacement could cause the check to fail.
Apple has said the reason of the lock down of the complete device is so a malicious Touch ID sensor can’t be installed on the device and highly have unauthorized access to the users fingerprint data stored on the iPhone’s secure enclave.
Fingerprint data is encrypted and protected with a key available only to the Secure Enclave. Fingerprint data is used only by the Secure Enclave to verify that your fingerprint matches the enrolled fingerprint data. The Secure Enclave is walled off from the rest of the chip and the rest of iOS. Therefore, iOS and other apps never access your fingerprint data, it’s never stored on Apple servers, and it’s never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Only Touch ID uses it
How to avoid Error 53?
If you had to a part replace from your device with Touch ID on any other than the Apple Store, dont update the software version. Otherwise your device will be useless.
It’s there’s a way to Fix this Error 53?
- If you have the original home button(with Touch ID) or the any other part that got replace, reinstall them back.
- Apple could Fix devices with Error 53 at some stores soon..
- If you don’t have the original parts anymore. BAD NEWS for you…. you might have to buy a new device or wait if Apple has a better solution for this problem.