If you own an iPhone15 and drive a BMW, it’s advisable to refrain from using the car’s wireless charging pad to charge your device at the moment.
However, iPhone15 manufacturer Apple has not addressed these complaints until now. This situation seems to be changing, as MacRumors recently reported that an Apple internal memo to third-party repair providers indicates that a software update later this year should prevent a “small number” of in-car wireless chargers from “temporarily” disabling iPhone 15 NFC chips.
Apple advises that until the fix is released, individuals experiencing this issue should refrain from using the wireless charger in their cars. Users have voiced concerns about BMW wireless chargers disrupting Apple Pay and the BMW digital key feature in various online forums, including Reddit, Apple’s Support community, and MacRumors’ own forums.
BMW appeared to acknowledge the problem earlier this month when the BMW UK X account responded to a complaint, stating that the company is collaborating with Apple to investigate the issue. Currently, it’s challenging to determine which car models are affected.
Therefore, if you own a BMW or a Toyota Supra with a wireless charger, it’s advisable to avoid using it until the problem is resolved.
The Verge has reached out to Apple, BMW, and Toyota for a statement but had not received responses by the time of publication.
Feedback from BMW owners:
I haven’t had this issue but the BMW wireless charger is garbage. It heats the phone so much that the phone stops charging. Not surprised to hear that it can actually do damage.
What is the point of wireless charging? To save a couple of seconds that it would otherwise take to plug in a wire? Taking that couple of seconds to plug in a wire will save several minutes or even hours because wired charging charges the phone much faster than wireless charging.