Apple rolls out iOS 9.2.1 patch to fix iPhones bricked by 'Error 53'

Apple rolls out iOS 9.2.1 patch to fix iPhones bricked by 'Error 53'
Earlier today, Apple announced that it is rolling an update to iOS 9.2.1 that restores functionality to iPhones bricked due to "Error 53".

Earlier this month, reports revealed that some Apple iPhone users who've repaired their handset through third-party stores have had their devices bricked. In what followed, the issue was often referred to as "Error 53" after the error number displayed by bricked iPhones.

According to Apple, the error appears when a boot-time security checkup fails to recognize the Touch ID module. As per the official statement, the security check was actually designed to test the Touch ID module before a device is shipped out from Apple factories. 

The update is now available for download through iTunes on Mac or PC. Apple says that those who've updated their phones from iCloud shouldn't have ever seen the issue. As a side note, it remains to be seen how the patch will affect the class action suit that has been filed against Apple over the "Error 53" issue.

The company stresses that this measure was not designed to affect customers. Furthermore, those who've had to pay for an out-of-warranty replacement of their iPhone are advised to contact AppleCare to get their money back. 

Here is Apple's statement - issued to TechCrunch - in full:

source: Apple via TechCrunch

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