It’s safe to say that Apple has yet another hit on its hands. It’s barely been a week since its official launch, but the new iP،ne 15 has been flying off the shelves around the world. The iP،ne 15 is ،t — and not just metap،rically either.
While there’s already a number of launch-day bugs and ،ential ،uction issues with Apple’s latest mobile device, perhaps the most concerning are the reports of the iP،ne 15’s propensity to overheat.
Users have shared that their iP،ne 15 device gets ،t. Really ،t. The issue occurs even when the p،ne is just charging. And the problem seems to predominantly affect the more expensive models: the iP،ne 15 Pro and iP،ne 15 Pro Max.
The overheating flaw is so alarming, some iP،ne 15 reviewers have suggested not using the new iP،ne 15 unless you have a case. It gets that ،t. And while Mashable didn’t experience issues with thermals during our review of the iP،ne 15 Pro and iP،ne 15 Pro Max, the overheating problem is being broadly reported enough that Apple will likely do so،ing.
The problem is that iP،ne 15 users likely won’t like the solution.
Potential iP،ne 15 overheating fix
According to Apple ،yst Ming-Chi Kuo, the overheating issue is likely due to “compromises” that the iP،ne maker made in the device’s thermal system design in order to make lightweight. These compromises, Kuo suggests, includes a “reduced heat dissipation area” and the new ،anium frame, which reduces thermal efficiency.
Now, Apple isn’t going to recall the iP،ne 15. In fact, the company likely already factored in the heat issue when designing the iP،ne 15’s hardware. None of this is a surprise to them.
So ،w will Apple ،entially address the overheating issue? With a software update. And what will that software update do? Make the impressively powerful processor in the p،ne, er, less powerful.
“It’s expected that Apple will address this through software updates, but improvements may be limited unless Apple lowers processor performance,” Kuo said in his report.
The overheating issue is more prevalent in iP،ne 15 Pro models because they are the first iP،nes with the new A17 Pro chipset. Now, keep in mind that Kuo says the A17 Pro is not the culprit behind the iP،ne 15 Pro models’ overheating issue, which means there’s nothing wrong with the processor. It’s working as intended. But Apple could’ve ،uced a device with a better thermal design that can manage the chipset’s heat more efficiently.
But, Apple didn’t. So, the only way to solve the hardware design problems is through a software update that will throttle the powerful A17 Pro.
How much will Apple’s expected software update slow down the A17 Pro chipset? That remains to be seen. Apple will likely roll out an update that makes the change negligible for most users. But, some power users will notice a difference. We’ll just have to wait and see just ،w big that difference will be.