I had an Xbox 360 back in the day, and there was a plague afflicting many of those consoles called the RED RING OF DEATH!!!!! It basically means your Xbox was done for and you could send it back to get fixed (hopefully covered by warranty) or get a new one. I had 3 Xbox’s get the RED RING OF DEATH (sorry) and it was horrible and heart breaking all at the same time.
The latest scourge to strike at technology is ERROR 53 (not as dramatic as the red ring of death, but still ominous)
Error 53 is affecting iPhones that use the fingerprint identification technology and have been repaired by a third-party (ie. not Apple)
The fine folks at CNET explain (go to the 1:31 mark)
So what’s happening is that people who got THEIR phones fixed, either because it was cheaper or more convenient, with a third party and then updated their phone have just had all of their data deleted and they aren’t able to use their phone! The other part is that if you get it repaired by a third-party it voids the warranty on the phone. SO NOW IT DOESN’T WORK AND YOU CAN’T SEND IT BACK!!!!
Personally I think it’s outrageous, but Apple says it happens because they are trying to protect their users. Let’s say your phone gets stolen and it has a finger print sensor, if the thief tries to replace the sensor so they can then use the phone, they wouldn’t be able to. That’s all well and good, but what if people don’t have an Apple store near them, or can’t go three weeks without a phone while they send it off to Apple to be repaired.
Apple doesn’t look to be changing their policy anytime soon, but The Guardian reports than some people are looking at filling a lawsuit against Apple.
We will see how this turns out, but for now if you have an iPhone 5s, 6, or 6s and it breaks, take it to the Apple store to get fixed.