UK Guardian and BBC Reports
The latest software update for iPhone 6 handsets is rendering the devices useless if it detects repairs not carried out by Apple.
The problem is known as “error 53” and has appeared in Apple products before.
The Guardian reports that users’ phones were disabled after the Touch ID home button was repaired by a non-Apple engineer.
Apple has confirmed that the error message is a “security measure” taken to prevent fraudulent transactions.
“We take customer security very seriously and error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers. iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor in your iPhone or iPad correctly matches your device’s other components,”
it said in a statement.