Ahh, Error 53—the iPhone-killing update that bricked iPhones repaired by non-Apple techs. 2 years ago today, Apple convinced a US District Court to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that suggested Error 53 was engineered to punish third- party repair.
Well, Australian judges know what's up—and they just served Apple a hefty $9 million fine for refusing to repair Error 53-infected devices and violating Australian consumer law.
Hardware manufacturers are using every dirty trick in the book to keep you from repairing your stuff. We don't like it, so we're fighting back! Reason Media paid us a visit last month, and they just released this 15-minute documentary on the long, hard battle for Right to Repair.