Apple: Overheating Issue on iPhone 15 Pro is Software-Related, No Need to Slow Down the Processor

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The recent overheating issues reported on the newly launched iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have sparked a flurry of expert opinions and speculations. Some experts suggested that the titanium frame of these devices may not efficiently dissipate heat, leading to the need to slow down the processor to reduce temperature. However, Apple has recently clarified that this won’t be necessary.

As per Bloomberg, which cites Apple representatives, the overheating experienced with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max may occur in the first few days after purchase and software installation due to high background activity. Furthermore, one of the errors within the iOS 17 operating system’s code is responsible for this issue, and it will be addressed in an upcoming update. Additionally, overheating can be attributed to certain third-party apps, discussions with their developers are ongoing to find solutions. It’s worth noting that if a user restored their smartphone’s software recently, high background activity could also lead to overheating, similar to the initial days of using a new device.

Among third-party apps, Instagram, the Uber ride-hailing app, and the game Asphalt 9 are cited as potential culprits for causing overheating in Apple’s flagship smartphones. Some developers have already fixed the software issues causing overheating, with Instagram addressing the problem through an update released on September 27th.

Apple categorically denies that the new internal component layout or the presence of a titanium frame contributes to overheating issues. In fact, Apple claims that the design of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max provides better heat dissipation compared to the previous-generation models, which used stainless steel frames. According to Apple, the upcoming iOS 17 update will not slow down the processor to reduce heat generation.

Furthermore, the identified issue is unrelated to information security or the functionality of the new USB-C charging port integrated into the latest iPhone models. Apple’s proposed solution will not negatively impact the long-term performance of the smartphones. However, Apple advises that using chargers with a power output exceeding 20 watts can briefly cause the new iPhones to heat up slightly above normal levels.

Apple has not specified the release date for the iOS 17 update that will resolve the overheating problem for some iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users. The first beta version of iOS 17.1 was released to developers last week, with a planned release in October. However, Apple has not confirmed whether this OS version will include the aforementioned updates.

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Vasyl Kolomiiets
Vasyl Kolomiiets
I'm Vasyl Kolomiiets, a seasoned tech journalist regularly contributing to global publications. Having a profound background in information technologies, I seamlessly blended my technical expertise with my passion for writing, venturing into technology journalism. I've covered a wide range of topics including cutting-edge developments and their impacts on society, contributing to leading tech platforms.

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