Today, Apple made some big announcements including introducing the iPhone 6S and 6S+. Car owners with Bluetooth connections should be wary that there could be some problems with your car connections until the automakers have time to sort things out. Automakers don’t usually have much time to test iOS products with in-car systems before the software is released.
Apple claims that the latest version of iOS 9 that will be out on September 16, will have fewer bugs than the iOS 8.0 debacle last year that wreaked havoc on in-car Bluetooth systems and is still causing problems. Reports from a public beta tester that it corrected disconnecting problems with Bluetooth devices.
Here are some new features that are of interest for car owners:
- Improved battery life – When the iPhone is facing down the power consumption is reduced.
- Better Siri – Siri gives contextual reminders, based on usage patterns, and notifying user when to leave for appointments, taking into account traffic conditions in iOS 9. The software on iPhones will even learn what someone typically listens to in a certain location or at a particular time of day such as s/he gets in the car before work, it can automatically display playback control for music.
- iO9 Bluetooth Disconnect -With iOS 9, there is new option to disconnect Bluetooth from the iPhone easily. In iOS 9 to disconnect from a Bluetooth device, launch the iOS Settings app and select Bluetooth from the list, then tap on ‘i’ next the device name, then tap on Disconnect. Previously you had to delete the device.
- Wireless CarPlay – iOS 9 will have wireless CarPlay and support for auto manufacturers to develop apps within CarPlay. Because the connection to the car is wireless for CarPlay, most likely upon entering the vehicle, you won’t have to plug in the iPhone to connect to CarPlay. CarPlay also plays audio messages. iOS 9 allows for the use of car’s knobs to control CarPlay. The wireless feature is not deployed in any known vehicle model, yet.
- Better Maps with Traffic – iOS 9 displays real-time traffic updates and an approximate time it will take to reach the usual destination through Apple Maps notifications on the Lock screen.
One of our readers reported that he has an iPhone 6 Plus running the iOS 9 beta in a 2015 Ram 1500 with UConnect that the incoming texts on UConnect feature no longer works.
Should you update ASAP? We suggest that everyone with iPhones wait until it is clear that your car make and model will work as well as other important connected devices you use with your iPhone.
If you have updated to iOS 9 for iPhone 5/5S/5c 6-6+ and it fixed or fried your Bluetooth issues or music streaming with your in-car infotainment system, please let us know in the comments below, be sure to note your make, model and year of your vehicle. We also welcome any solutions you have found worked with your car.
We have comments from readers that there are still Bluetooth problems reported with BMW, Audi, Acura, MINI, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Honda, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai, Chrysler, Acura, Mazda and more.
Previously, after talking to many automakers we asked Why Bluetooth iOS 8-8.1 & iPhone 6-6+ issues persist in cars? It seemed like the 8.1 update helped with a few new model cars. Here is a summary of Bluetooth issues and fixes and checkout the most popular nuke-it fixes.
We received good and bad news about iOS 8.2 when it was first launched.
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