iPhone overheating is due to software issue, Apple confirms

Apple says it is working to stop its new generation of iPhones from overheating.

Last month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 15 and soon after people got their hands on one, the complaints about overheating began.

I’ve had the new iPhone 15 pro and it’s so hot, it’s too hot to hold. I dare leave it to charge for very long either?” someone asked on an Apple community board.

“Is anyone else having this issue?”

People initially thought it was the iPhone 15’s titanium design that was causing the devices to overheat, but according to Apple, there are a few other reasons.

A range of new colours will be available for iPhone Pro and Max buyers. Photo: Apple

People have said their iPhone 15s have become too hot to touch.

In a statement, Apple said: “The device may feel warmer during the first few days after setting up or restoring the device because of increased background activity.

“We have also found a bug in iOS 17 that is impacting some users and will be addressed in a software update.”

Additionally, Apple said recent updates on third-party apps are causing the system to overload and now the company is working with those app developers on the necessary fixes, which will then be rolled out.

According to Reuters, some of the third-party apps causing issues with the software include Instagram and Uber.

Other media outlets have reported the same problems with Asphalt 9, a video game.

Instagram has already made changes to the app to prevent it from overheating. Updates from third-party apps are expected soon.

Why do iPhones overheat?

Apple has previously said there are a number of reasons.

Users might notice their device heating up when it is being set up for the first time, or when it is being restored from a backup.

It can also happen when the iPhone is being charged wirelessly, streaming high-quality video or when “graphics-intensive or processor-intensive” apps, games or features are being used.

Apple says the device will return to a normal temperature after any one of these processes or activities are finished.

It’s also safe to continue using the devices when they feel warm, so long as there is no temperature warning being displayed.

“iOS and iPadOS devices have built-in protections to prevent overheating,” Apple said.

“If the interior temperature of your device exceeds the normal operating range, your device will protect its internal components by attempting to regulate its temperature.”

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