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iPhone 15 Pro owners report dead NFC modules after using wireless charging in their BMWs

by Maine Bacos

Title: Potential iPhone 15 Pro Charging Issue Linked to BMW Wireless Chargers

Publication Date: October 3, 2023

In its latest iPhone models, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, Apple has identified and acknowledged an overheating issue caused by a bug in iOS 17. While a fix is currently in progress, a new problem has emerged that suggests wireless charging may be damaging the Near Field Communication (NFC) module in these devices.

Reports from various sources, including forums on MacRumors and X, indicate that some iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max owners have experienced difficulties setting up Apple Pay. When visiting Apple Stores for replacements, employees suggested that the NFC module had malfunctioned.

Notably, several users discovered a potential link between this issue and using wireless charging pads in their BMW vehicles. In some cases, the iPhones not only experienced NFC module failure but also went into data recovery mode. This was not limited to defective units as even replacement phones exhibited the same concerning behavior. Users claim that previous iPhone models did not encounter such problems.

Although the reports primarily involve iPhone 15 Pro owners who drive BMWs, an individual with a 2023 Toyota Supra also shared a similar experience, indicating that the issue may not be exclusive to BMW users.

In a recent review by AutoEV, an Android phone was subjected to wireless charging in a BMW i7 xDrive60, and it successfully withstood the process without any complications. It is worth mentioning that during benchmark tests, the iPhone 15 Pro Max ran hot, but no adverse effects arose from this occurrence.

Until Apple and BMW fully understand the root cause of these incidents, iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max users who drive BMWs are advised to avoid using their car’s wireless charging feature. Although the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models do not appear to have the same problem, it may be prudent to exercise caution with all iPhone 15 models.

As of now, Apple has not released an official statement regarding this specific issue, but concerned users are advised to monitor updates from both Apple and BMW for any potential resolutions or further guidance.

Source: [MacRumors Forums](https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphone-15-pro-apple-pay-issue-bmw-related.2404307/) | [MacRumors](https://www.macrumors.com/2023/10/01/bmw-charging-may-break-iphone-15-nfc-chip/)

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