Apple says the iPhone 15 Pro’s titanium frame does not contribute to the overheating issue

Apple said today that it plans to release an iOS 17 software update with a bug fix for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max overheating issue, and the company has since shared additional details about the issue with MacRumors.

Importantly, Apple said the issue is not related to the titanium frame. Contrary to this week’s report, Apple said the iPhone 15 Pro’s design does not contribute to overheating. In fact, Apple said the titanium frame and aluminum substructure provide better heat dissipation than any previous-generation Pro models with stainless steel frames.

Apple said that some third-party applications overloaded the A17 Pro chip for unknown reasons, including Instagram, Uber, and the racing game Asphalt 9: Legends, and that it is working with the developers of these applications to address the matter. Apple said that its fix for the flaw will not involve reducing the performance of the chip in order to address the temperature-related issue, and that it will ensure that performance is not affected in the long term.

To repeat Apple’s statement:

We’ve identified some conditions that could cause your iPhone to heat up more than expected. The device may become warmer during the first few days after setting up or restoring the device due to increased background activity. We’ve also found a bug in iOS 17 that is affecting some users and will be addressed in a software update. Another issue involves some recent updates of third party apps which are causing the system to become overloaded. We are working with these app developers on the fixes that are in the works.

More details are available in our initial coverage of Apple’s statement.

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