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Apple has responded quickly to the reports that some iPhone 15 models have been overheating. The iOS 17.0.3 update aims to resolve that issue along with some other bug fixes and security updates.

What’s the issue?

The iPhone 15 and 15 Pro officially went on sale on September 22. However, it soon became clear that there was an issue as users reported that their new phones became uncomfortably hot. Apple quickly acknowledged the problem, saying it was due to background activity, an iOS 17 bug and some third-party apps. In addition, the company said that the overheating wasn’t due to the titanium body as that actually dissipates heat better than the previous designs. Apple also confirmed that the new A1 Pro chip, high-power chargers and USB-C connector weren’t at fault.

What did Apple say?

At the time, an Apple spokesperson said,” We have identified a few conditions which can cause iPhone to run warmer than expected. The device may feel warmer during the first few days after setting up or restoring 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. Another issue involves some recent updates to third-party apps that are causing them to overload the system. We’re working with these app developers on fixes that are in the process of rolling out.”

What has Apple done?

Apple released the iOS 17.0.3 update on October 4. The company said that the update provides important bug fixes, security updates and addresses an issue that may cause iPhone to run warmer than expected. In addition, Apple has been working with the developers of the apps that were causing issues. These included Uber, Instagram and the Asphalt 9 racing game. As a result, Meta has also released an update for Instagram to fix the overheating the app was causing.

What we think

It’s good to see how Apple responded to the reports of an overheating issue with the iPhone 15. From the outset, it appeared to be only caused by certain apps in particular situations. This is because not every user had problems with their new phone. However, Apple quickly identified the bug in iOS 17 and is helping developers resolve issues with their apps. Hopefully, this will be the only teething problem that iPhone 15 and 15 Pro users experience.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.