Apple posted a newer build of iOS 9.2.1 today — it’s an important one, especially for those who have had their phones bricked because of the ‘Error 53’ issue. This is not an OTA update if you’re already running iOS 9.2.1 (build 13D15) — you will need to connect to iTunes for the update.
- Fixed ‘Error 53’
Apple’s statement to TechCrunch:
Some customers’ devices are showing ‘Connect to iTunes’ after attempting an iOS update or a restore from iTunes on a Mac or PC. This reports as an Error 53 in iTunes and appears when a device fails a security test. This test was designed to check whether Touch ID works properly before the device leaves the factory.
Today, Apple released a software update that allows customers who have encountered this error message to successfully restore their device using iTunes on a Mac or PC.
We apologize for any inconvenience, this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers. Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.
iOS 9.2.1 (Build 13D20) for:
- iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7) — Download
- iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8) — Download
- iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9) — Download
- iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,1) — Download
- iPad mini 4 (Cellular) (iPad5,2) — Download
- iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3) — Download
- iPad Air 2 (Cellular) (iPad5,4) — Download
- iPhone 6 Plus (iPhone7,1) — Download
- iPhone 6 (iPhone7,2) — Download
- iPhone 6s (iPhone8,1) — Download
- iPhone 6s Plus (iPhone8,2) — Download
- iPad Pro (iPad6,7) — Download
- iPad Pro (Cellular) (iPad6,8) — Download