These 5 iPhone 15 problems are annoying. Here’s how to fix t…

Apple iPhone 15 Plus and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max seen from the back.
Apple iPhone 15 Plus (left) and Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Andy Boxall/

Apple launched the iPhone 15 lineup in September, and it seems to have been a big hit with the masses. The standard iPhone 15 is one of the biggest upgrades to the regular model in quite some time, and the iPhone 15 Pro Max now has one of the best camera systems available on a smartphone.

But not everything is rosy in the apple orchard. There have been reports of some problems with the iPhone 15 lineup, such as overheating and durability issues, which have people wary. Don’t worry! No matter what the problem is, there is usually a solution.

We’ve rounded up some of the more common iPhone 15 problems here and advised what you can do to fix them.

iPhone 15 overheating problem

An iPhone 15 Pro Max charging with a USB-C cable.
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One of the biggest issues with the iPhone 15 launch has been overheating. However, this problem was originally reported around the time the phones were released, when many people were getting their new iPhones and setting them up – that’s when most overheating problems occurred.

It’s common for a new phone to get hotter than normal when you’re setting up and moving everything around. When I got my iPhone 15 Pro and started the restore process, which involved over 300GB of data, my device got very hot and continued to get hot for the next few days as everything was being indexed.

However, the solution is very simple. Rebooting is the default solution for many technical problems, and it usually works. Another quick fix involves enabling auto-brightness so that it’s not always at maximum brightness and instead adjusts to ambient light. Other things that may help are turning off Bluetooth until you need it, quitting apps that use location services, turning off Wi-Fi and AirDrop, or turning on Airplane or Low Power mode. To turn on.

iPhone 15 Pro in Natural Titanium held up in front of a wooden gate.
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You may also be using a case on your phone that can trap excess heat. Removing it temporarily may help cool it down.

I also experienced that my iPhone 15 Pro got very hot in my hand when using it in direct sunlight. If you’re often out in the sun, try to keep the iPhone away from direct sunlight, which will increase the air temperature and, as a result, the heat generated by your phone from normal processes.

Finally, make sure you are running the latest version of iOS. Apple was aware of the overheating problem and released a software update with iOS 17.0.3 that “fixes an issue that could cause iPhone to run hotter than expected.”

If all this still doesn’t help deal with the overheating problem, you might want to give your phone (and yourself) a short break.

Titanium Durability Concerns

Blue titanium (left) and natural titanium iPhone 15 Pro on a concrete bench.
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For the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple changed the material used in the frame, from stainless steel to brushed titanium. This change, along with a more rounded design at the edges, means the iPhone 15 Pro is more lightweight and ergonomic.

However, as it turns out, the titanium design is actually not as durable as the previous stainless steel, as shown in various drop tests on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet.

Go gentle with Apple’s new titanium iPhone 15 Pro Max… wow!

According to 9to5Mac, the flat design of the stainless steel frame on the iPhone 14 Pro can absorb impact from a drop, which is a feature of the material. However, titanium is more rigid, so any impact would need to be spread to other areas on the device, which in this case would mean the front and back glass via spiderweb cracking.

Another issue with the titanium frame that people noted was that there was “discoloration” from fingers touching the frame. However, this is fixed with a simple wipe, so it’s not as big of an issue as many have made it out to be.

Still, if you’re concerned about the durability of the titanium frame, your best bet is to put your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max in a case. We have recommendations for the best cases for both the regular iPhone 15 Pro and the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Another option is to get AppleCare+, which can cover unlimited incidents of accidental damage, as well as two incidents of theft or loss coverage every 12 months, depending on the plan you choose. Each case has a cost, but if you don’t like using cases, this is the best option for you.

Burn-in issues with iPhone 15 Pro Max

Home screen on iPhone 15 Pro Max.
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This problem is especially occurring for owners of the most expensive iPhone 15 Pro Max model. The problem is OLED burn-in, which is not just an iPhone-specific problem as it can happen on any device with an OLED screen. However, this has become a matter of concern for iPhone 15 Pro Max users.

What is OLED burn-in? It’s basically a ghosting effect, where remnants of whatever was on the screen remain on the screen even after you move to something else. For iPhone users, the burn-in issue shows remnants of keyboards, wallpaper images, app icons, videos, and other still scenes.

But what is the reason for this? The primary reason for this is leaving a fixed image on the screen for long periods of time, and it only gets worse when the brightness of the display gets higher. So unless you constantly leave a static image on your iPhone 15 Pro Max screen for hours on end, this should be a rare occurrence.

However, sometimes this is simply due to a display malfunction or quality control issue. If you’re experiencing the issue of your iPhone 15 display burning in, the only real solution is to take it to an Apple Store and get it repaired or replaced.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, don’t leave an image on your screen for too long, especially when you’re outside and the brightness may go up to the maximum setting.

poor battery life

Battery settings on iPhone 15 Pro Max.
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This happens every year, but the battery life of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max is definitely a little worse than their predecessors.

If you’re not experiencing great battery life on your iPhone 15, there are a few things you can try. Enabling auto-brightness can help, as this setting adjusts your screen’s brightness based on ambient light, so you don’t need to keep it at maximum brightness all the time, which will drain the battery faster. . Having dark mode also helps in reducing battery consumption.

Other settings that can help extend battery life throughout the day are disabling background app refresh, turning off location services unless it’s absolutely necessary (e.g. Maps), and disabling/limiting notifications. to do. It’s also beneficial to use Wi-Fi over cellular data as much as possible because searching for a good cellular signal takes a toll on battery life.

If all else fails, you can also try restarting your iPhone 15 – a reboot usually helps in many different situations. Finally, there’s Low Power Mode, which disables things like Always-On Display and limits the display refresh rate to 60Hz on ProMotion devices to save battery power for essential functions.

It is also recommended that you check the battery status of your iPhone 15 Settings > Battery > Battery health and charging, This will let you know what the maximum capacity of your battery is; Low capacity may result in reduced battery life between charges. If it’s below 80% within the first year, it’s probably a bad battery, and Apple should replace it.

Camera launching with black screen

Green iPhone 15 showing off the camera and matte glass back.
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The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max feature a new Action button, which replaces the Silent/Ring toggle. Although the default action for the button is still Silent/Ring, you can change it to something else if you want, and one of those actions is to launch the Camera app. Of course, those who have a regular iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Plus don’t have an Action button, but you can still quickly launch the Camera app from the lock screen shortcut.

But have you ever faced a black screen after launching the camera? I’ve set my action button to the camera, and I’ve gotten that annoying black screen more than once in my time with the iPhone 15 Pro.

The only way to fix this is to quit the camera app or lock the device and try again unfortunately. It’s not clear why this happens in the first place, as it seems random. Although this is quite easy to fix, it is annoying to deal with because the moment you were trying to capture will be gone by the time you get the camera working again.

iPhone 15 series is good but not perfect

A natural titanium iPhone 15 Pro (left) and a green iPhone 15 on the Haunted Mansion wallpaper placemat.
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There’s always hype surrounding Apple’s new iPhone releases, and the iPhone 15 series is no exception. It seems to be commercially successful, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. As you can see, there are already many problems with the devices, and it has only emerged since September.

The good news is that most problems have very easy solutions that you can solve yourself. The only problem we’ve mentioned that requires a trip to the Apple Store is the burn-in issue, but unless your display is damaged, there’s really no need to worry.

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