BMW In-Car Wireless Chargers Are Breaking iPhone 15?

If you’re using your new iPhone and letting your car wirelessly charge it, maybe now is a good time to consider not doing that anymore. That’s after a number of reports started to surface that claim wireless charging is breaking iPhones. Specifically, it’s breaking the Apple Pay component.

The story originally started by Tom’s Guide claimed that the issue was only affecting the new iPhone 15 and only when wirelessly charged in BMW vehicles.

However, since then multiple people have reported that it’s happening with different cars and, importantly, different models of iPhone as well.

The report says that people who are having this problem find that they can no longer use Apple Pay.

The NFC chip is a pretty important part of any smartphone, especially an iPhone. It’s responsible for Apple Pay payments and digital car keys among things. Affected users are being met with an error message declaring that they “could not set up Apple Pay” with no apparent way to fix the problem.

The report goes on to say that some people have had their iPhones replaced by Apple only to find that the same issue happens again with the new one.

At this point, the best guess as to what’s going on is that the iPhones are simply getting too hot during wireless charging. Why it’s a problem impacting people who charge in cars isn’t clear, but it could be that those wireless chargers simply aren’t clever enough to turn off or reduce their output when temperatures get too high.

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