California judge dismisses ‘Error 53’ lawsuit against Apple

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria has dismissed the California class action lawsuit against Apple regarding the “Error 53” brouhaha, reports FORTUNE. He said claims the iPhone users’ “lost data” was not separate from claims over a defective iPhone—and Apple had already addressed that by fixing the software and offering to cover any repair claims.

Chhabria also nixed the false advertising claims, saying the iPhone owners had not shown any evidence that Apple had known about the Error 53 defect while marketing the device. “[T]he mere fact that a company has designed a product doesn’t mean it automatically knows about all of that product’s potential design flaws,” he wrote.

However, a similar lawsuit is underway in Seattle. The lawsuits involve Apple's hardware repair practices, specifically targeting the "Error 53" code issue that renders an iPhone unusable following an unauthorized Touch ID fingerprint sensor install. 

Error 53 involved a problem brought on by having an unauthorized technician fix your device. When an iPhone is services by an authorized Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the Touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. However, with an unofficial repair that pairing can go unvalidated and cause the Error 53 message to appear when iOS is updated or restored on the device. Apple released a software update to address the problem and offered to reimburse customers who paid to have affected devices repaired or replaced.