Users are reporting the hottest new iPhone of the year is literally hot to the touch…will airlines start banning the iPhone 15 due to concerns over fire risk?
Will Airlines Begin Banning iPhone 15 Due To Overheating Concerns?
Numerous reports are out in which iPhone 15 users complain that the device heats up to such a degree that it becomes untouchable when charging or during heavy use like playing a game or speaking on FaceTime. We’ve seen many complaints like this:
“It gets so hot that I’m afraid to touch it and it hurts my leg in my pocket.”
“It got to the point where I couldn’t hold the phone anymore.”
Jeeez my iPhone 15 Pro Max is almost too hot to touch while fast charging rn…
— Ian Zelbo (@ianzelbo) September 25, 2023
Thus far, Apple has not publicly commented on these device-specific complaints, instead directing customers to its general page on overheating iPhones. That’s not only a problem for consumers but may be a problem for airlines too.
We’ve seen a number of cases in which mobile phones have caught fire. In fact, airlines now carry special bags and protective gloves that flight attendants can use to handle and dispose of a phone that catches fire onboard. Look around on your next flight and you will see that if there are USB ports or plugs, people will be charging their phones. If it is the very act of charging that is a key temperature trigger, it would not surprise me if someone got injured…and then for airlines to (over)react out of an abundance of caution.
Hopefully, Apple will not have to throttle performance in order to keep the device temperature lower, but the bevy of complaints is disturbing.
It is true that many electronic devices, not just the iPhone 15, tend to warm up when heavily used, but my older iPhone does not. There appears to be something different about the iPhone 15 that goes beyond anecdotal reports. While Apple remains silent on this, if it is true that it continues to heat to a degree it becomes untouchable, I have to wonder whether airlines may resort to banning it over safety concerns.
Do you have the new iPhone 15? Have you experienced an overheating problem?