Is it hot in here or is it just your iPhone? Customers who purchased Apple’s new iPhone 15 Pro are reporting the device is overheating. In some cases, the iPhone has reportedly become too hot to hold with temperatures reaching up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit, according to 9to5Mac.
“[My] iPhone 15 Pro Max is almost too hot to touch while fast charging [right now,]” Ian Zelbo, a 9to5Mac reporter, posted on X.
Apple wasn’t immediately available for comment.
In a post on Medium, spotted earlier by Macworld, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the iPhone’s heat issue could be due to “compromises made in the thermal system design to achieve a lighter weight.” According to Kuo, a reduced heat dissipation area and the titanium frame could all negatively impact the phone’s thermal performance.
“It’s expected that Apple will address this through software updates, but improvements may be limited unless Apple lowers processor performance,” Kuo said.
The reports of overheating may cause some buyers to take a pause when buying an iPhone 15 Pro, although early sales and demand appear high with some Pro models being backordered until the end of November. It’s not the first time some design changes have led to issues with consumers, with “antennagate” affecting iPhone 4 units back in 2010 causing a controversy with Apple fans.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 15 lineup at its Wanderlust product launch event earlier this month. The new phones no longer sport the notch. Instead, the “Dynamic Island,” first introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro, is now found at the top of the display, and received a few camera upgrades. The phones also have their predecessor’s A16 Bionic chip.
The iPhone 15 devices also traded the Lightning port for a USB-C connection. Other users like Zelbo have reportedly noticed the heat issue while using a wired connection.
Apple’s support page says devices may get warm if you’re setting it up for the first time, restoring from a backup, charging wirelessly, using graphics- or processor-intensive apps or features, or streaming high-quality video.