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Apple might not be as perfect as you think

The new iPhone 15 lineup is here, and lots of people are saying the Pro models are getting pretty warm. We checked it out ourselves and found that the Pro phones run way hotter than the top Android phones. Luckily, Apple released an update to sort out the heat problem.

Apple has stumbled with the iPhone before, not gonna lie. Here are four big iPhone blunders from back in the day.

The problems with the antennas

The biggest goof-up in the early days of the iPhone was the whole Antennagate drama. The 2010 iPhone 4 looked cool with its flat metal edges and lines for the antennas along the sides to help it catch a signal.

Yeah, the problem was when you held the phone, your hand would cover those lines and mess up the signal, making your calls drop like crazy. Apple’s brilliant solution? They basically told people they were holding it “the wrong way.” Eventually, they gave out free bumper cases to iPhone 4 owners to fix the mess.

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The bending iPhone 6

In 2014, Apple dropped the iPhone 6 series, including the first-ever Plus model. But these phones caused a stir with the whole Bendgate mess.

Those tests from outside folks proved that the iPhone 6 series was way more prone to bending than older ones. It wasn’t just a lab thing either, people were actually complaining that their iPhone 6 Plus was warping in their pockets when they sat down or moved around.

Apple’s secret papers revealed that the iPhone 6 series was way more bendy than the iPhone 5S. But they didn’t really tell us about it. Thankfully, they fixed it up with the iPhone 6S (shown here).

Old iPhone throttling

Our phones can drag their feet as they get older, but there are ways to pep them up a bit. Usually, this sluggishness isn’t on purpose, but Apple actually admitted to intentionally slowing down their older iPhones.

Folks with the old iPhone 6 and 6s noticed their phones weren’t scoring as high on tests in late 2017. Turns out, Apple was putting the brakes on these devices. They said it was to stop problems with worn-out batteries, like the phone bailing under a lot of pressure.

Apple hitting the brakes on iPhones was a shocker, but not telling anyone was an even bigger mess. Then, they dropped an update that let you check your battery’s health and knocked 50 bucks off the price for getting a new one.

iPhone 14’s OIS woes

Apple’s latest blunder was just last year when a bunch of iPhone 14 Pro models had this weird camera noise, like something was rattling or grinding inside.

So, it seems the Pro cameras lost their marbles when you used other apps, shaking so much they made this crazy rattle. Thankfully, it wasn’t a hardware issue ’cause they fixed it with an iOS update. But still, a pretty big mess that somehow slipped through Apple’s checks.

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Why is the iPhone 15 heating up?

Apple told the press that they’re pretty sure the problem is all about the software, not the A17 Pro chip or the titanium shell. They’re thinking there are three possible things causing the heat-ups in some iPhone 15 Pro models.

Apple’s saying your iPhone might get toasty for a bit when you first set it up or bring it back to life because it’s doing a lot in the background. It’s a pretty normal thing for new phones, but it seems like it’s gotten worse with the iPhone 15’s big debut.

Some apps like Instagram and Uber, that just got jazzed up to work with iOS 17, are pushing the A17 Pro chip too hard. Apple’s teaming up with those developers to sort it out and they’re pushing out fixes real soon. There’s this glitch in iOS 17 that’s messing with some folks, but they’re gonna fix it up in the next update.

Apple’s standing firm that the hot stuff isn’t about the A17 Pro chip, the titanium body of the iPhone 15, or its fresh inside setup. They also shut down Ming-Chi Kuo’s report that they might slow things down to keep the chip chill when things get tough, saying they won’t be cutting any corners with the A17 Pro chip as they sort out the problem.

Vishal Kawadkar
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With over 8 years of experience in tech journalism, Vishal is someone with an innate passion for exploring and delivering fresh takes. Embracing curiosity and innovation, he strives to provide an informed and unique outlook on the ever-evolving world of technology.