Do you have an iPhone 6? If that is the case then you might want to think twice before upgrading to the latest edition of iOS 9.
This is because if you’ve recently had your phone repaired by anyone who is not recognised by Apple as an authorised third party, then your iPhone will be disabled thanks to the latest update to the iPhone operating system. You will be able to turn it on but you will not be able to use it. You will see a dialogue coming up on the screen saying “error 53”. This is triggered by a detection mechanism which can determine if the iPhone has been tampered with. This is where it gets worse, if the iPhone becomes disabled, then any videos, apps, photos that you have taken, any documents and all of that will be lost forever!
For me I think that this is a very anti-consumer move by Apple. What they basically want is for you to only come to them for repairs because they are scared, that some of these repair shops will take away their business. On top of that, you have spent £460 (or more) just to buy the phone and then you have to spend a bunch of extra money just to get a screen replaced. To rub salt further into the wound you sometimes have to fork out a lot of money to basically have the entire phone replaced.
To be fair I can understand that Apple are worried also that some amateur or newbie iPhone repair guy will just do more damage to your iPhone. With that being said this is also another clever move by Apple to further lock you into their ecosystem/walled garden, as well as make more money out of you with their Apple Care plan or some money towards a replacement phone. However, Apple are really good when it comes to customer service. A few years ago I got my first iPhone and it had a fault. I went to their customer service desk (AKA the Genius Bar) and they replaced my iPhone at no extra cost with a new one.
Have you previously had your iPhone repaired for something? If so, what was it for? Let me know in the comments!