Lately you may have noticed a lot of people talking about some iPhone problems that will probably make your phone a really expensive paperweight.
What this means it that your phone has been bricked, something more common on Android handsets is now making its way to the iOS ecosystem.
“Brick” your phone is a term used to describe a phone that now is totally useless, although is most of the android phones has a workaround this particular error on Apple’s phones will put you on the way of a new phone entirely.
When do this happen?
The most recent update to iOS9 seems to be the trigger as this error only occur when updating, and just if you have had your phone repaired by a third-party store.
Which in most cases will happened due mostly to the really high prices on the official App Store, costly almost three times what you could paid on other sites.
Why do this happen?
Well, according to what an Apple spokesperson said in an interview with The Guardian it has everything to do with the Touch ID sensor
Believe it or not, this is Apple’s excuse:
“We protect fingerprint data using a secure enclave, which is uniquely paired to the touch ID sensor. When iPhone is serviced by an authorized Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. This check ensures the device and the iOS features related to touch ID remain secure. Without this unique pairing, a malicious touch ID sensor could be substituted, thereby gaining access to the secure enclave. When iOS detects that the pairing fails, touch ID, including Apple Pay, is disabled so the device remains secure.”
So, basically from now on you’ll force to use just official Apple Stores, which could cause a big problem to Apple if this is premedite, due to “unfair” practice.
As far as today the only recommendation if you’re not sure if your phone is “in perfect condition” is to take it to an official store and make them check, or if you know you’ve take your phone to those store simply avoid the update in the meantime.