Some early adopters of the new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are complaining their devices get excessively hot during regular use, a concerning development for Apple’s latest flagships.
Reports have surfaced across Reddit, Twitter and Apple Support forums of the iPhone 15 Pro models overheating when conducting intensive tasks like gaming or shooting video.
Even basic activities like phone calls, FaceTime sessions and charging have caused the metal frames to get uncomfortably warm for some users. The back of the device near the camera module seems most prone to heating up.
Apple has not officially commented on the overheating concerns, which appear to impact a relatively small but notable number of iPhone 15 Pro owners. The issue does not appear isolated to specific hardware.
Smartphone makers including Apple and Samsung typically conduct extensive thermal testing to avoid overheating. Some degree of warmth is expected under heavy loads but should not affect normal function.
Notably, temperature benchmark tests by DxOMark showed the iPhone 15 Pro Max runs hotter than the 15. This suggests the overheating could be related to aggressive performance optimization in the Pro Max models.
While not definitively hardware-related, the problems do not appear to be fully fixed by iOS updates either. With no clear solution, users are experimenting with resetting and restoring their iPhones.
As flagship iPhone demand spikes leading into the holiday season, Apple urgently needs to determine the root cause. Whether a production defect or software optimization glitch, overheating risks permanent damage to the iPhone’s components and li-ion battery over time.
For now, concerned users should monitor their iPhone 15 Pro temperatures closely across different use cases. Allowing proper cool down periods between intensive activities may help mitigate issues until Apple provides an official fix.