We’ve known about Error 53 for months and tried to alert our members about the problem. The Guardian put out a tough piece about Apple just days ago and the story has resonated worldwide. For a primer on the tech details – read the ifixit blog Whats Up with Error 53.
Apple is wrong to destroy your property even if ham-handedly trying to protect your privacy. They can offer tools and features that help you protect your privacy - but its your privacy and not theirs. The excuses don't much matter -- the principle of ownership is stake.
Check back with us shortly as we're working on evaluating all avenues to restore the option of independent repair for all users. Apple may have violated warranty law, anti-trust law, consumer protection law, and other statutes. We're on the case !