BMW owners can stress less knowing their iPhone 15 won’t break after using their in-car wireless charger.

The brand’s United Kingdom division earlier this year confirmed it was investigating claims iPhone 15 users who charged their phone wirelessly could lose access to Apple Pay and other NFC features.

According to MacRumors which first reported an internal Apple memo confirmed “charging a [new iPhone] with a small number of wireless phone chargers built into certain recent BMW and Toyota Supra models may temporarily disable the NFC capabilities of the device”.

The news outlet also confirmed Apple has released an iOS 17.1.1 update which will now rectify the issue.

Based on the update notes available to all iOS users, Apple says it has provided bug fixes for the following issue:

“In rare circumstances, Apple Pay and other NFC features may become unavailable on iPhone 15 models after wireless charging in certain cars and Weather Lock Screen widget may not correctly display snow”.

Earlier this year new Apple revealed more CarPlay features with the introduction of iOS 17.

Customers with iOS 17 have access to real-time EV charging station information through Apple Maps, SharePlay Apple Music sessions, a new iMessage UI, as well as new wallpaper designs.

Apple has already announced its plans to revamp the CarPlay experience with next-generation interface expected in late 2023.

The company first revealed the updates last year at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2022, and said a tri-screen display setup is expected to be available towards the end of 2023.

The next-generation setup will provide users the functionality to adjust climate controls, the radio, as well as provide a native UI experience for the digital instrument cluster including speed and rev gauges. 

Drivers will be able to choose from a wide variety of themes, and will additionally be able to customise aspects of each one.

Apple will also offer views with a full map display. With these themes, the map can either take focus between two circular dials, or the driver can opt for a full 3D map display, with speed and other information being relegated to a secondary focus.

The next generation of Apple CarPlay will also introduce a far more developed version of widgets. Much like widgets on the iPhone, these are smaller ‘views’ of an app that can sit on a particular infotainment display, and provide glanceable information such as upcoming calendar appointments, the weather or a trip meter.

Apple announced the next generation of CarPlay will be supported by models from a range of manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Porsche, Ford, Renault, Volvo, Honda and Nissan among others.

MORE: Here’s whats new for Apple CarPlay with iOS 17

Jade Credentino

Jade Credentino is an automotive journalist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Jade has had a chance to review a variety of vehicles and particularly enjoys SUVs. She enjoys traveling and going on road trips exploring Australia.

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