Own a BMW? Beware! You could break your iPhone 15

iPhone 15 users with a BMW face a new concern! Wireless charging in BMW cars reportedly impact their NFC chip, hindering critical features.

| Updated on: Oct 02 2023, 18:35 IST
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2/5 Finally! Apple has got rid of the notch and brought the Dynamic Island, which debuted with the iPhone 14 Pro models, to the iPhone 15 Plus. It is a nifty little feature that is useful when you’re streaming music, navigating routes, ordering food, or doing all of those things simultaneously. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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3/5 The shiny glass at the back is no more, and the iPhone 15 Plus now gets a new soft, matte finish which is less of a fingerprint magnet. While the smartphone’s design is almost identical to its predecessor, it now gets slightly rounded edges which makes it far more comfortable to hold for longer periods. And yes, the iconic mute switch is still here on the iPhone 15 Plus. (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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5/5 One of the main changes this year is the camera system. After a couple of generations featuring the same 12MP camera, Apple has finally brought the 48MP camera to the iPhone 15 Plus, and the difference is instantly noticeable, with well-detailed images. With the new Smart HDR 5, photos are now well-balanced with good exposure. Stay tuned for some amazing snapshots in our full review which comes out soon! (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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Potential problem with BMW wireless charging pad causing NFC chip malfunction in iPhone 15, affecting critical features like Apple Pay. (AFP)

Reports are emerging of a potential hiccup for iPhone 15 users who also happen to be BMW owners. A problem has surfaced related to the use of the BMW wireless charging pad. In fact, the problem could even break the pricey iPhone 15! Reportedly, if you charge the iPhone 15 inside the BMW, the NFC chip on the handset may malfunction.

iPhone 15 BMW Wireless Charging Pad

Over the past week, a growing number of BMW owners have voiced their grievances about their iPhone 15's NFC chip ceasing to function after using their car's wireless charging pad. These complaints have been documented on forums like MacRumors and on social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter). The affected users describe a scenario where their iPhone goes into a data recovery mode, displaying a white screen, and thereafter, the NFC chip becomes non-operational following a device reboot.

NFC Chip's Crucial Role in Apple Ecosystem

For iPhone users, the NFC chip is responsible for powering critical features like Apple Pay and digital car keys. Those affected by this issue have reported encountering an error message in the Wallet app that reads, "Could Not Set Up Apple Pay. " Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a straightforward solution to the problem. Some users have had their iPhones replaced by Apple after confirming NFC chip failure. However, this replacement device remains susceptible to the same issue, leaving users in a frustrating and unresolved situation.

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Though most complaints have been lodged by owners of iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models, there is a lingering concern that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus could also be affected. Consequently, owners of any iPhone 15 model are being advised to exercise caution while using BMW's wireless charging pad until this issue is resolved.

At present, it remains unclear what precisely is causing this problem, how many iPhone 15 users are affected, or which specific BMW models may be involved.

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First Published Date: 02 Oct, 18:35 IST