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iPhone 15 Reportedly Affected By BMW Cars’ Wireless Chargers; BMW Says Fix ‘Soon’ – News18

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Curated By: Shaurya Sharma

Last Updated: October 29, 2023, 09:04 IST

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BMW says it is investigating this issue. (Image: Shaurya Sharma/News18)

Apple iPhone 15 models’ NFC chips are reportedly malfunctioning after wireless charging in certain BMW cars. Here’s what we know.

It’s not a secret that cars nowadays come with the ability to wirelessly charge your phones and other gadgets. But what if it could disable a feature of your brand new iPhone 15? Well, this is exactly what has reportedly happened to some iPhone 15 users who wirelessly charged their devices in BMW cars.

Yes, NFC chips in some iPhone 15 models are reportedly failing while wirelessly charging in BMW cars, and since then, BMW has acknowledged that it is working with Apple to fix the issue.

BMW UK, replying to a user who posted a query on X (formerly Twitter) asking if his BMW iX3 was also affected by the same issue, said, “The topic is currently being investigated together with Apple. We can’t offer a timeframe but we hope to get an update soon.”

Moreover, MacRumors reported earlier this week that Apple has shared an internal memo with “Apple Authorized Service Providers” claiming that a “small number” of wireless chargers present in certain BMW and Toyota Supra cars are “temporarily” disabling the NFC capabilities of iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models. Until a fix is issued, Apple—according to MacRumors—has advised users not to use wireless chargers in these cars.

It isn’t exactly clear how widespread this problem is—considering wirelessly charging iPhones in cars, especially in BMW cars, is something only a small number of users would do. “Today, I got a popup message saying ‘Apple Pay Issue.’ Cannot access anything in my wallet anymore: Apple Cash, Apple Card, Car digital key, credit cards. Won’t let me add them back either,” a user posted on MacRumors’ forums. It was later revealed that the person had a BMW car and used the wireless charger.

Another user said, “Same issue here. 2022 BMW with surface charger. I set my week-old iPhone 15 Pro on the charger, and when I removed it, the screen turned white, and I had to wait about an hour for it to reboot.”

With that said, there has been no official word from Apple, but as mentioned earlier, BMW’s UK X account has acknowledged the same issue, indicating that a fix could be on the way soon.


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