Please stop doing that Thomas!

I’ve lost count the number of times my son’s dropped my iPhone on the floor.

Yes he’s only 29 months but he’s quite attached to them already.

I have two iPhones; one for work and the other for personal use. I find them so reliable and user friendly in comparison to Android based phones.

I’ve protected them both with quite a sturdy case to hopefully take and withstand the drops and knocks when in the hands of a toddler.

No so long ago you used to have VHS repair shops on the high street but the rise of the DVD’s put that to bed fairly quickly.

The beauty about it was that no matter what brand of VHS or DVD machine you had, any repair shop would do.

And that’s still the case for technology today; or so I thought.

With the new iPhone 6 which comes with the finger print reader…

….it really does matter who you ask to get it fixed.

Some of you might see it as Apple’s tighter hold on the mobile phone market but what they’ve done has a purpose and a benefit to the owner.

The fingerprint reader gives the owner quick access to the home screen as well as making payments with the ‘Apple Pay’ app.

So if you discover a fault with your iPhone 6 and decide to take it to a local mobile repair shop, you could find yourself in a worse off position.

After a recent iPhone iOS software update, if it finds that the phone’s been serviced by an unauthorised repair shop, used invalid components that affect the Touch ID sensor, it will render the phone useless.

Apple’s purpose for doing this is a “security measure” to prevent fraudulent transactions.

The software checks that the Touch ID sensor correctly matches the phones other components.

If it does find a mismatch, you’ll get a “Error 53” on the display and the phone will be as good as junk.

So if you find yourself with a sick iPhone 6, it’s definitely not worth the risk of using any mobile repair shop.

P.S. Your local shop is fine if you have any other model of iPhone or a brand of phone that doesn’t have a finger print reader.