Popular app may be overheating iPhone 15s

We might have the answer to what's causing "Thermalgate."

Almost every year, new iPhones are greeted with some new “-gate” controversy: Antennagate, Bendgate, Scratchgate, Yellowgate, Slowgate and Crackgate, to name a few.

This year’s fuss might be called “Thermalgate”: The new iPhone 15 Pros are reportedly overheating on some people. You’ve no doubt seen the socials and YouTube lit up with claims of roasting-hot iPhone 15s.

It’s hard to tell if it’s a widespread problem. Most of the complaints seem to come from a small cadre of influencers, rather than widespread reports from regular users.

Now there’s a new wrinkle. A popular app keeps cropping up as a possible source of the problem. And one YouTuber claims the app overheats not just the new iPhones, but all the devices the app runs on, including his iPad and older iPhones. Could this app be the culprit?

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