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Apple updates iOS so BMW’s wireless charging won’t break your iPhone 15

Apple updates iOS so BMW’s wireless charging won’t break your iPhone 15

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iOS 17.1.1 has a fix for a nasty bug that broke Apple Pay and some NFC features on iPhone 15 devices after charging the phones with BMW’s in-car wireless chargers.

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Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

Apple just released iOS 17.1.1, and it has fixes for a couple notable bugs that have popped up recently.

One bug was pretty bad. Some users had reported that if they tried to charge their iPhone 15 using BMW’s in-car wireless charging, certain NFC features like Apple Pay or BMW’s digital car key would break. BMW’s UK account on X (formerly Twitter) confirmed in October that the issues were “being investigated together with Apple.” An Apple service memo reported on by MacRumors said the issue happened when charging an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max in some BMW and Toyota Supra cars.

The other bug was more harmless: on the lock screen weather widget, the snow icon was sometimes showing up as just a file icon.

Here are Apple’s full patch notes for iOS 17.1.1:

This update provides bug fixes for your iPhone including:

In rare circumstances, Apple Pay and other NFC features may become unavailable on iPhone 15 models after wireless charging in certain cars

Weather Lock Screen widget may not correctly display snow

Apple released a handful of other software updates on Tuesday as well to address some bugs, as reported by MacRumors. watchOS 10.1.1 fixes an issue that caused unexpectedly fast battery drain. HomePod 17.1.1 addresses an issue with slow (or failed) Siri responses. macOS Sonoma 14.1.1 and new firmware for the Beats Fit Pro and ‌Powerbeats Pro are available, too.