An Apple Watch Series 7 user reported that his watch overheated, began to smoke, and eventually exploded. Apple has confirmed that it will investigate the incident. At the same time, Apple also tried to force the user to remain silent and not share the story.
Speaking to 9to5Mac, this Apple Watch user explained that the watch was on his arm when he noticed that it was much hotter than usual. He then discovered that the back of the Apple Watch was cracked and watchOS was showing a temperature shutdown warning. The user was in his home at normal temperature.
He immediately called Apple Support to explain the situation. The manager gathered the information and said not to touch the watch until he received a response from the company. The next morning, the Apple Watch was even hotter to the touch, and the device’s display was cracked.
When a user picked up the Apple Watch to take pictures to send to Apple, it immediately started making “crackling sounds”. The clock then exploded, leaving footprints on the couch. He then contacted Apple again to report the situation. He was told that the case had received “highest priority”.
The company arranged for the delivery and said it was sending the Apple Watch to its lab for further testing. Apple also asked him to sign an agreement not to share the story, however he did not sign it.
Apple promises not to reduce the performance of the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max while addressing the overheating problem
Apple will solve the overheating problem of the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max without reducing performance. The company stated this in comments to Forbes.
As we said, Apple blames some third-party apps for the overheating, including Instagram, Uber, and the game Asphalt 9: Legends. Additionally, smartphones may become warm during the first few days after setup or recovery due to increased background OS activity.
However, some changes will be made by Apple itself. They will be implemented in iOS 17.1, which is expected at the end of October. Considering that the company has directly stated that the performance of the A17 Pro SoC will not be reduced, users can only wait a little longer. Although, of course, Apple’s statements will later be clearly tested in numerous tests.
iPhone screens have microscopic QR codes that could save Apple hundreds of millions of dollars a year
Since 2020, Apple has been applying microscopic QR codes to the screens of its smartphones.
The Infirmation resource reported that for several years now the Cupertino giant has been placing tiny codes to simplify the control process and save hundreds of millions of dollars.
In fact, there are QR codes on many iPhone components, but they have only now become known about them on screens, since they are really very small. Codes are etched into the glass at different stages of production, helping Apple “track and reduce defects” on the production line.
More specifically, the codes allow the company to track exactly how many glass elements its Chinese partners Lens Technology and Biel Crystal produce, and how many defective units they discard during the production process.
Interestingly, at the initial stage, when codes were engraved directly on the glass, this affected the strength of the latter. When dropped, cracks in the glass almost always appeared where the QR code was placed. Apple eventually created technology using microscopic lenses with ring light. As a result, Apple suppliers reduced the number of discarded glass covers to one in every ten. Before this, three out of ten were thrown out. As a result, Apple saves hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Apple promises to fix iPhone 15 Pro overheating problem and partially blames third-party apps
Apple really intends to solve the overheating problem with the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. At the same time, Apple directly states that the titanium frame has nothing to do with overheating.
The company found several explanations for the overheating. First, the company says that increased heating may be observed in the first few days after the iPhone is first launched.
We’ve identified several conditions that may cause your iPhone to become hotter than expected. The device may become warm during the first few days after setup or restoration due to increased background activity. We’ve also discovered a bug in iOS 17 that is affecting some users and will be fixed in a software update
Secondly, the Cupertino giant blames third-party applications for overheating. In particular, Instagram, Uber and the game Asphalt 9: Legends.
Another problem is related to some recent updates of third-party applications that cause system overload. We are working with the developers of these applications on fixes that are in the process of being rolled out.
The situation will be corrected with the release of iOS 17.1, which is expected to be released at the end of October. If the tests do not show a decrease in performance, which may indicate that Apple has nevertheless reduced the frequencies of the A17 Pro SoC, then overheating is really caused by software problems.
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