Apple says iPhone 15 overheating issues will be addressed in an upcoming iOS update


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Recap: Apple's iPhone 15 lineup has been one of the hottest tech items available – literally. Shortly after release, users began reporting the phone's propensity to overheat while charging, during setup, and even general use. Early analysis and reports suspected the thermal issue was related to the phone's new hardware and design. However, it appears to be software-related.

To no one's surprise, Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 15 and 15 Pro release resulted in long lines, depleted retail stock, and pre-orders exceeding the iPhone 14's initial demand by up to 12 percent. Not long after its release, users began reporting uncomfortably high phone temperatures across review sites and social media, with some temperatures reaching as high as 48C (118F).

Initial speculation pointed to Apple's thermal design and new SoC hardware as the culprits responsible for the overheating. However, a recent statement from Apple to Forbes identifies initial setup, some app-specific problems, and some iOS 17 software bugs as the real drivers behind the thermal spikes.

According to Apple's statement, there are three factors currently contributing to the overheating:

  • Increased background activity during the first few days of use following initial setup or backup restoration
  • A bug in iOS 17 affecting some users, which will be addressed in an upcoming software update
  • Issues related to third party apps, causing them to overload the phone's system

Aside from clarifying the cause of the overheating issues, the company's statement reiterated that the overheating has nothing to do with the phone's new design.

Apple identified several third-party applications responsible for overheating, including Instagram, Uber, and the Asphalt 9 racing game available via the app store. Instagram users have already received relief following a patch to address the issue on September 27th. Apple said that any updates to resolve the iOS 17-related bugs, currently being tested in the iOS 17.1 beta, do not involve reducing the device's performance to address the temperature issues.

Power adapters operating above 20W were also mentioned in the article, stating that they can cause temporary temperature increases. The charging-related temperature is not a concern as long as the charger adheres to USB-C power delivery standards.

Apple provided reassurance that there is no risk to safety or device performance due to the phone's built-in protections to prevent overheating. While the current temperature increases are inconvenient, the problem identified as a software issue rather than a hardware or design flaw is good news for iPhone 15 users everywhere.

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Isn't the first time for Apple ... you would think by now they would know what to look for and solve it in advance .... just another lack of a good QC program ....
Oh-no! Apple are going to throttle the speed again! How dare they! We can't have our MIPS sacrificed for longevity or reliability of the product! The robbers!!!!
Heat issue for smartphone with $1000+ label.. I think owners of this smartphone will also feel the "heat" in other areas..
Heat issue for smartphone with $1000+ label.. I think owners of this smartphone will also feel the "heat" in other areas..
at this price point I think it needs to be recalled. On $200-300 phones you're obviously going to make concessions on performance. For a company that markets themselves as a luxury brand this is unacceptable.
Whats another $120 for a Noctua NH-D15. They could make some money just puting an Apple logo on top and sale for $600.

Like the stand of that monitor or the wheels of the Mac Pro...


Another promise of miraculous solution for gullible users, while on practice, they're just going to shift SoC frequency curve down a bit, or maybe make it more narrow plus some tweaks for other components, at the cost of stability for 5-10% unlucky users, and maybe no more 30 FPS for ur Resident Evil 8, boo-hoo :D
This won't stop the long overnight queue for iphone 16, though. Zombies will pay anything - hey, it's an iphone!
All so they could say "we have the lightest iPhone". LOL, yeah, a WHOPPING 20 grams (less than 1 oz).
Now, the phone will most likely be slower on benchmarks. Most won't notice the difference anyway.
But it will be fun when tech sites publish before/after benchmarks showing it as "slow" as the previous iPhone.
This might be as much fun when Samsung tried to one up Apple and stuff a little bigger battery in their phone
before the iPhone came out, and it lead to the phone overheating and popping open.
I really don't think this was an accident or in the grand scheme of things, going to damage Apple much.

Let me explain: Yes the cooling solution being completely inadequate to the phone is going to be a problem...For a tiny number of people that would actually say, play Resident Evil 8 on the phone for more than a cool demo to show off to friends and such but realistically not more than 5 minutes at the time. Similarly I don't just picture a professional ever deciding to intentionally just use an iphone 15 max to both shoot and edit their footage without them developing crippling tendonitis and chronic eyestrain: They could still just use apple products and carry a small bag or purse with a basic DSLR and an ipad on it.

So it is likely something that didn't went past Apple testing and instead, was something they decided was acceptable: Benchmarks would get them the universal praise and nobody else would ever care again about the super powers of their super tiny CPU inside the phone ever again: people would continue to as I said before, shoot super crappy pictures of their pets and play whatever gacha mechanic game is popular and just put their phone down once they run our of lives/gems/crystals/whatever so they would never actually stress out the processor even a little bit to get it to thermal throttle.
Thank you Apple. It's not the hardware it's some apps and software. There's a video on YouTube that showed, after opening the Instagram app, phone temperature kept going up.