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iPhone 15 Pro: Broken NFC chips after wireless charging in BMWs

Apparently the NFC module on the Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max can be damaged during wireless charging in BMWs.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Teardown

Apple admitted on Monday that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are suffering from overheating issues. A bug in iOS 17 is said to be the cause, for which Apple provided an update in the form of iOS 17.0.3 on Thursday. However, the next problem is already here: Apparently the NFC module of the Pro models can take damage during wireless charging. So far, only a few users have reported individual cases. Nevertheless, the number is already so high that Apple can no longer ignore the problem.

Additionally, several people on the MacRumors forums and on X have reported problems setting up Apple Pay. When complaining about the affected iPhones in an Apple Store, employees assumed that the NFC module broke. And finally found a possible cause:. The problems began for several users after they used the wireless charging pads in their BMWs. The affected Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max not only took damage silently, but in some cases also went into data recovery mode.

These were also not isolated cases of defective devices. The NFC modules on the replacement cell phones also broke. According to users, there were no such problems with previous iPhones. So far, the reports have mostly come from iPhone 15 Pro owners who drive a BMW. However, a driver of a 2023 Toyota Supra has also reported that Apple Pay on his iPhone 15 Pro has stopped working. The current Toyota Supra is based on the BMW Z4, which may close the circle.

If you own an Apple iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max and drive a BMW, you should forego the car’s wireless charging function as a precautionary measure. At least until Apple and BMW figure out what’s causing the problems. At the moment it seems like the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are not part of the problem. But you should also play it safe with these models.


Toni Hobrecht
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