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Possible Problem: Wireless charging from BMW may cause NFC chip damage to iPhone 15

Owners of the new iPhone 15 who drive a BMW might encounter some issues when trying to pair their devices. According to MacRumors, it is advisable to avoid charging your iPhone 15 using the BMW wireless charging pad for now. Several BMW owners have reported problems with their iPhone 15’s NFC chip malfunctioning after using the vehicle’s wireless charging pad. These complaints have been shared on platforms like the MacRumors Forums and X (formerly known as Twitter).

Affected users have described their iPhones entering a data recovery mode with a white screen, and the NFC chip becoming non-functional after a reboot. The NFC chip is essential for features like Apple Pay and digital car keys. Users facing these issues receive a “Could Not Set Up Apple Pay” error message in the Wallet app, and there is currently no immediate fix.

While some customers have had Apple replace their iPhones due to confirmed NFC chip failures, the replacement devices are still vulnerable to the same problem, leaving users without a solution at the moment. Although most complaints come from iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users, it is possible that iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models may also be affected. Therefore, owners of any iPhone 15 model are advised to exercise caution until a resolution is found.

The specific BMW models implicated in this issue are still uncertain, so it is recommended to refrain from charging your iPhone 15 in your BMW for now. BMW first introduced wireless charging in their 2016 BMW 7 Series model, and it has been available in all BMW models since then. Stay tuned for updates!

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