Apple has acknowledged the issue of wireless charging with the iPhone 15 series in BMW and Toyota Supra cars and has promised to fix it within this year, according to an internal memo sent to Apple’s approved service providers. The memo does not specify the cause of the issue, but it states that the wireless charging of the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max in some of the latest BMW and Toyota Supra models may temporarily disable NFC functionality on the phones. This has been reported to affect a very small percentage of users.
The iPhone devices have an NFC chip that enables various features such as Apple Pay and digital car keys. Users who are impacted by this issue may receive an error message and are unable to set up Apple Pay in the Wallet app, even if they have already set it up.
Apple has stated that this issue will be addressed in a software update by the end of this year, just hours after releasing iOS 17.1. In the meantime, Apple advises customers who are affected to refrain from wirelessly charging their phones in their cars.
There have been some complaints about this issue on MacRumors and X forums, but it is unclear how widespread the problem is. Customers who are affected report that their iPhones enter recovery mode with a white screen and the NFC chip stops working after the device is rebooted. Customers are unable to fix the issue themselves and need to visit an Apple Store or an authorized service provider.
Apple mentions that technicians can try resetting the NFC chip in the affected iPhones using Apple Service Toolkit 2 software. If this step doesn’t resolve the issue, Apple recommends hardware repairs by a technician.
TLDR: Apple has acknowledged the wireless charging issue with iPhone 15 series in BMW and Toyota Supra cars and has promised to fix it with a software update by the end of this year. Some users may experience NFC functionality being temporarily disabled. Customers are advised to avoid wireless charging in cars and seek authorized service for potential hardware repairs if the issue persists.