THE iPhone 15 overheating problem has been a highly discussed topic everywhere. So much so that Apple itself, after having admitted the problem, has released a software update to correct what was happening. It is, therefore, neither about the design nor about the construction at a physical level. And yes: It seems to have worked, because they have put a new iPhone under the spotlight of a thermal camera, and the results speak for themselves.
Ben Lovejoy, from the English-speaking news outlet 9to5Mac, was the person responsible for carrying out the experiment. A test that, by the way, has proven Apple right regarding the temperature reached by the new batch models. So the software has been what has made it possible. And below we will tell you how he did it.
Temperature doesn’t lie
The writer reports that his iPhone 15 Pro Max was “too hot” to touch while it was charging quickly. “I thought people were exaggerating, but no, this is not good,” he says in his article.
To his first impression, he explains that his company has carried out a survey of iPhone 15 users who could be experiencing this problem first-hand (literally). 19% of readers stated that the iPhone became excessively hot while charging. 11%, when demanding tasks were carried out, and finally 27% of the public, when this occurred during use under normal conditions.
And it was in the iOS 17.0.3 version that Apple has solved this problem. Worse, to what extent? Lovejoy has decided to put the iPhone under a thermal camera before updating, and after.
Before updating, he comments that “the iPhone 15 Pro Max reached a temperature of 107.1 degrees Fahrenheit (41.7 degrees Celsius).” “This is much hotter than other iPhones or Androids, which usually hover between 85 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit (29.4 and 35 degrees Celsius, respectively) during the fast charging process.”
iPhone 15 overheating fix: Thermal imaging shows before and after iOS 17.0.3 https://t.co/SRaqreMcXr by @benlovejoy
— 9to5Mac (@9to5mac) October 6, 2023
After updating, “it has not exceeded 93.8 degrees Fahrenheit (34.3 degrees Celsius). They have been between 80 and 90 Fahrenheit (26.6 and 32.2 Celsius, respectively). In addition to this thermal drop, Lovejoy notes that “a great advance is that the two iPhone 15 Pro models (which the test) were consistently above 100 Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius) with the 35W fast charging charger.
The images show how there is a significant difference in temperature, at different points of the phone, the highest being the one on the right side, which is where 107.1 degrees Fahrenheit have been measured. At the same time as this was happening, a record temperature of 98.3 Fahrenheit was visible just below the three-camera module, as was the charging cable.
Yes, the charging cable has also been included in the thermal camera test. Before updating, the temperature reached was 80.3 Fahrenheit, while after, it has already reached 75.9 Fahrenheit. In this way, the entire assembly that involves charging the device already has more normalized temperatures, within the average.