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06th Feb 2016

Uh-Oh – iPhones To Be “Disabled” If Apple Detects A Third Party Has Repaired Them

Analysts have issued a warning about the new "Diephone" feature.

Megan Cassidy

We think a large majority of iPhone users will be interested in this news.

Analysts have warned that Apple are “killing” iPhones on which they detect third party repairs have been carried out.

The “Error 53” function effectively stops the phone from working if they are fixed by someone who doesn’t work for Apple.

Tech experts warn that the “DiePhone” feature will be rolled out when iPhone 6 users update their device.

Kyle Wiens, who runs the website iFixit, told the Guardian that this was a major problem.

He said: “The ‘error 53’ page on our website has had more than 183,000 hits, suggesting this is a big problem for Apple users.

“The problem occurs if the repairer changes the home button or the cable. Following the software upgrade the phone checks to make sure it is still using the original components, and if it isn’t, it simply locks out the phone.

“There is no warning, and there’s no way that I know of to bring it back to life.”

A statement from Apple to the Irish Mirror says: “We take customer security very seriously and Error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers.

“iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor in your iPhone or iPad correctly matches your device’s other components. If iOS finds a mismatch, the check fails and Touch ID, including for Apple Pay use, is disabled.

“This security measure is necessary to protect your device and prevent a fraudulent Touch ID sensor from being used.

“If a customer encounters Error 53, we encourage them to contact Apple Support.”

We’re afraid. We’re very afraid.