Titanium not at fault for your iPhone 15 Pro Max overheating, says Apple

iPhone 15 Pro with a titanium finish running iOS 17
(Image credit: Gerald Lynch / Future / Apple)

Two weeks on from the iPhone 15 launch, the Pro model iPhones are still grabbing headlines due to reported overheating issues. But Apple claims it has nothing to do with the transition to Titanium — attributing it to a strange new bug

In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Apple emphasized that the titanium and aluminum substructure of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are not only not at fault for the potential overheating issues but equally much better at dispersing heat than the previous stainless steel chassis used in older Pro devices.

Apple claims the ongoing heat issue could be due to a bug in iOS 17 that the company is looking to rectify as soon as possible.

While new iPhones generally run hotter over the first few days due to increased background activity, the reports of overheating causing issues like swollen batteries are concerning for early adopters of the latest iPhone.

Luckily, it looks like Apple is on the case, and we should have a fix in the not-so-distant future.

iPhone 15 Pro overheating? — iMore’s take

As an iPhone 15 Pro Max owner since launch day, I’ve been surprised at how much trouble the new phone seems to be causing customers. I’ve found the 15 Pro Max to be the smoothest new iPhone I’ve ever owned, with no issues related to heat or battery drain from installing new apps and restoring data from iCloud.

As someone who had countless issues with the iPhone 14 Pro and similar recurring issues on an iPhone 13 mini using the same backup, I advise iPhone 15 Pro owners to try erasing the data on their iPhones and starting as new. 

For years, my iPhones have been plagued with battery issues, and setting up my device as new has proven to be a quick fix in the past until Apple solves the issue internally. Generally, iCloud backup transfers from iPhone to iPhone can not only cause heating during the process but also lead to software bugs that can only be fixed with a new install of iOS. 

While setting up your device as new can be frustrating, especially downloading apps manually rather than getting all of your data back instantly from an iCloud backup, it might be a potential software solution as you wait for Apple to chime in with the fix to this iOS 17 bug.

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself. Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings. John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.  John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.