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IOS Update Bricks Repaired iPhones Again

IOS Update Bricks Repaired iPhones Again”

In 2016, customers sued Apple over "Error 53" glitches, in which iPhones were bricked after third-party fix personnel altered the Touch ID technology -which Apple acknowledged that year was part of Touch ID security. The company initially attempted to claim it had performed this task for the good of users in the name of security before reversing course.

Some may argue (Apple certainly does) that it's in the customer's best interest to only seek repairs from authorised repairers, citing the expertise and longevity. Now the company appears to be up to its old tricks again. Aakshay Kriplani, CEO of Injured Gadgets told Motherboard, "This has caused my company over 2,000 reshipments, Customers are annoyed and it seems like Apple is doing this to prevent customers from doing the third-party repairs".

Apple released iOS 11.3 at the end of March, and the update is killing touch functionality in iPhone 8s repaired with some aftermarket screens that worked prior to the update. "Customers are annoyed and it seems like Apple is doing this to prevent customers from doing 3rd party fix". However, Apple apologized for this and released a new update later to solve the issue. The company's decision to reintroduce it with iOS 11.3 is another example of Apple's fundamental hostility to U.S. law on this point.

While the issue doesn't always occur in every case, it's widespread enough for repairers to start worrying that Apple is out to get them.

When third-party companies replace the display, something related to this chip goes out of order. With the amount of control Cupertino enjoys on the iPhone, it can simply render them useless should users commit this sin.

At the same time, Apple's policies and tightly-integrated designs are often unfriendly to unauthorized repairs, whether by dedicated businesses or individuals. The FTC literally just sent out notification letters to six companies, including one identified as a cell phone manufacturer.



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