iPhone 15 charging problem in BMW cars: Apple reacts

Apple acknowledges iPhone 15 charging problem in BMW cars, and urges users to avoid these chargers temporarily.

| Updated on: Oct 29 2023, 12:26 IST
Apple's 'Scary Fast' October 30 Event: What to expect
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1/7 Apple Inc. is set to kick off its final product unveiling of the year, and it's taking place on Halloween eve, October 30, at 5 p.m. California time (5:30 a.m IST). This event, known as "Scary Fast," is a deviation from the usual in-person gatherings at Cupertino. Instead, it will be an online-only affair, raising anticipation for what Apple has in store. (@Apple)
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2/7 What to Expect at the Event: Apple has remained tight-lipped about the specifics of the event, but reports from Bloomberg suggest we can anticipate fresh MacBook Pro laptops and iMac desktops. While the design might not see radical changes, the highlight is the introduction of Apple's first M3 3-nanometer processors, a significant upgrade from the previous M2 chips. (Unsplash)
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6/7 The Revamped iMac: The iMac lineup is also getting a refresh for the first time in over 900 days. Similar to the MacBook Pros, the design will remain largely unchanged, but internal enhancements and a redesigned stand are expected. These new iMacs, codenamed J433 and J434, will feature the M3 chip and offer different graphics configurations. (Apple)
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7/7 While the event will showcase MacBook Pros and iMacs, a low-end MacBook Pro with the M3 chip won't be unveiled yet. Also, new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Airs with M3 chips, codenamed J613 and J615, are in development and scheduled for release in the first half of 2024. As for updated iPads, Apple plans to debut them in the spring. Meanwhile, AirPods will receive updates in the coming years, with new models and headphones on the horizon. (AFP)
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Apple acknowledges iPhone 15 compatibility issues with BMW wireless chargers. (AFP)

Apple has addressed the growing concerns raised by iPhone 15 users who reported issues with their device's NFC chips while using BMW's in-car wireless charging. The problem has left many frustrated, but relief may be on the horizon. Apple has disclosed in an internal memo to third-party repair providers that a forthcoming software update, expected later this year, should rectify the issue affecting a "low number" of in-car wireless chargers, preventing them from "temporarily" disabling the iPhone 15 NFC chips.

The NFC chip in the iPhone 15 plays a pivotal role in features like Apple Pay and digital car keys. Users encountering this issue receive a discouraging "Could Not Set Up Apple Pay" error message within the Wallet app. In some cases, Apple has replaced the affected iPhones after confirming NFC chip failure, but this has proven to be a temporary solution, as the replacement iPhones remain susceptible to the same problem, according to a Macrumors report.

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Apple's Interim Solution and User Precautions

Apple's recommended course of action until the fix is implemented: iPhone 15 users experiencing these issues should refrain from using their wireless chargers in BMW vehicles. The problem has sparked complaints from affected users on various platforms, including Reddit, Apple's Support community, and MacRumors' own forums.

BMW's Role in the Issue

BMW seemed to acknowledge the issue earlier this month when the BMW UK X account responded to a complaint, stating that the company was collaborating with Apple to investigate the problem. As of now, there is no straightforward method for identifying which BMW models are affected. Therefore, if you own a BMW or a Toyota Supra equipped with a wireless charger, it is advisable to avoid using it until the issue is fully resolved.

While the majority of complaints have originated from iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users, it is essential to note that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus might also be susceptible to the issue. Consequently, owners of any iPhone 15 model should exercise caution until this compatibility issue is effectively addressed.

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First Published Date: 29 Oct, 12:26 IST