BMW owners beware, your car could break your iPhone 15 Pro

Emre Çitak
Oct 2, 2023

Recent reports have surfaced, indicating potential issues for iPhone 15 users who also own a BMW. It is advisable for individuals in this category to exercise caution when charging their devices using their BMW's wireless charging pad at this time.

Over the past week, several BMW owners have shared complaints on platforms such as X (formerly known as Twitter). These users have reported that after charging their iPhone 15 with their vehicle's wireless charging pad, the NFC (Near Field Communication) chip within their devices ceased to function correctly.

See Ishan Agarwal's xeet about the issue below.

The absence of NFC will be felt

For iPhone users, the NFC chip serves as the backbone for essential features such as Apple Pay and digital car keys. Those affected have reported encountering an error message in the Wallet app, stating, "Could Not Set Up Apple Pay".

Regrettably, there doesn't appear to be a straightforward solution to rectify this problem. Some individuals have claimed that Apple replaced their iPhones after confirming the NFC chip failure. However, this replacement device remains vulnerable to the same issue, leaving users without a permanent resolution.

While most of the complaints have come from users of iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models, there is the possibility that iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus users might also be affected. Therefore, owners of any iPhone 15 variant are advised to proceed with caution when utilizing BMW's wireless charging pad until further information or a solution becomes available.

BMW breaks iPhone 15 NFC
Reports of BMW breaking iPhone 15 Pro's NFC are all around social media - Image courtesy of Apple

A response is yet to be made

As of now, the exact cause of this issue, the extent of its impact on customers, and the specific BMW models involved remain unclear.

You should also keep in mind that this issue does not affect all iPhone 15 users who use BMW's wireless charging pad, but it is still recommended to exercise caution and monitor your device's performance closely if you do choose to use this feature.


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