As promised, Apple has issued a new version of iOS 17 to address overheating issues with the new iPhone 15 series of smartphones.
As Engadget reports, iOS 17.0.3 “provides important bug fixes, security updates and addresses an issue that may cause iPhone to run warmer than expected.” Alongside iOS 17.0.3, Apple has released a new version of iPadOS 17.
When it initially acknowledged the overheating issue, Apple explained that it had identified “a few conditions which can cause iPhone to run warmer than expected.” These conditions include a bug in iOS 17 that Apple said impacted “some users.”
Another cause for overheating appears to have been third-party apps, including Instagram, which Meta updated on September 27 to address the issue. Apple says it has been working alongside developers of troublesome apps to squash bugs related to overheating.
The overheating issue was “widespread,” per 9to5Mac, although not experienced across the board. Numerous PetaPixel staff members, including Jordan Drake and Chris Niccolls, who reviewed the iPhone 15 Pro Max, did not experience overheating issues.
As Apple noted when it announced that an iOS 17 update was on the way, users should not be concerned by any long-term damage that results from an overheating iPhone. The devices include built-in safeguards to prevent the phone from running at dangerously high temperatures.
Within the text beneath the new iOS update, Apple writes, “This update provides important bug fixes, security updates, and addresses an issue that may cause iPhone to run warmer than expected.” On the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the update is 423.2 MB.
Users can force a software update by visiting Settings > General > Software Update. However, for users with automatic software updates enabled, the new version of iOS 17 should download and install overnight, provided that a user’s iPhone is plugged in.
Hopefully, the software update fixes the issue for all affected users. It is promising news that Apple is confident the problem is entirely related to software and not an issue with any hardware or the iPhone 15 Pro’s new titanium chassis or USB-C charging. Throughout the years, Apple has released many iOS software updates related to power, performance, and efficiency.
Overheating concerns aside, the new iPhone 15 series has proven popular with customers, although some influencers are complaining that the iPhone 15’s front-facing camera produces unflattering results.