iPhone 6 Users Beware of Error 53!

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Bricked iPhoneJust a quick note to let all you iPhone 6 users out there know about “Error 53”. This error occurs when you:

  1. Use a 3rd party to fix your phone’s home button. You know, the new one with the fancy fingerprint reader (some reports also mention this occurring when you repair or upgrade your screen in the same manner).
  2. You upgrade to iOS 9.

When this happens, your phone is effectively bricked. Currently (as of this post), there is no known way to fix your phone, and you’ll need to purchase another. In the future, you may be able to get a replacement phone if the lawyer’s have there way with Apple, but for now, you’re stuck.

An Ounce of Prevention

If you already are receiving the “Error 53” message, there’s not much you can do, except maybe join in on the class-action law suites that is sure to crop up. If you have had your home button replaced or repaired (or possibly the screen repaired) and haven’t upgraded to iOS version 9, don’t upgrade past version 8!

We hope this helps some of you avoid what we think is a controlling and selfish act on Apple’s part.


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David Rodrigues Consulting (formally MagicBrain Computing) was founded in 1997 by David Rodrigues, who worked as an Information Technology professional for 8 years in Washington DC before relocating to Wildwood, NJ. While in Washington, DC, Rodrigues worked as the lead administrator on a corporate network with over 200 workstations spread across 5 geographical locations. Rodrigues and his team of expert technicians are trained and experienced in network design, computer repair, web design, and programming.

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