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Danger for iPhone 15 and 15 Pro

Danger for iPhone 15 and 15 Pro

Some BMW owners reported a major malfunction of the NFC chip on their iPhone 15 after recharging the device using their car’s wireless charging pad. This outage renders Apple Pay unusable and has already prompted Apple to replace some affected iPhones.

BMW i5 interior for illustration // Source: BMW

Are you the proud owner of a BMW and have you just bought an iPhone 15? You should then avoid charging your new smartphone using bandage Induction charging is installed in your car. Some BMW owners have, in fact, reported that their car’s wireless charging has damaged at least their iPhone 15’s NFC chip. The latter is crucial, because it is responsible for payments via Apple Pay. It’s also the same chip that makes it possible to operate non-physical car keys.

As he pointed out MacRumorsaffected users explain (on Twitter like In the forum From the specialized site), that after a few charges from their BMW wireless charging base, their iPhone ended up in data recovery mode, with a white screen, followed by a reboot.

An alert message indicating that the NFC chip has died

Once this restart process is complete, a message is displayed in the Maps app. The latter states that it is now impossible to configure Apple Pay. By implication, iOS means that the NFC chip of the iPhone in question may be out of service.

It actually seems impossible to solve this problem at the programmatic level. Proof of this is that Apple replaced some iPhones without batting an eyelid after confirming that their NFC chip had failed.

Source: MacRumors

Note that the complainants were primarily iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max owners, but it’s entirely possible that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus were also at risk.

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In the near future, all iPhone 15 users who drive a BMW equipped with… bandage Wireless charging. At this time, we don’t know what’s causing the issue, how many users are affected, and which BMW models are affected.