Apple has done the right thing by releasing a new version of iOS which releases ‘error 53’d’ iPhones to be used again, and the fact that only Touch ID will not work on these phones makes perfect sense.
What does not make sense is this statement from Apple- “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.”
So why on earth did it take so long to comment and to issue a fix for a problem that immediately blew up in Apple’s face? To be fair, this is how Apple works and in this instance it highlighted that secrecy and patience is not always the best way forward, but the fact that users who paid for new phones will be reimbursed should be enough to put this one to bed, even for those who couldn’t help but complain about Apple in the most negative of ways.