As usual, with iOS iPhone updates, there are reports of Wi-Fi disconnection problems, problems downloading the update to iOS 9 and cellular data problems with different carriers. Turning functions on and off or resetting iPhones often help. Last year, there were major problems with the iOS 8 update and in-car Bluetooth connections with infotainment systems that persisted with each update. The questions remains, “When should iPhone owners update to iOS 9?”
There are few reasons to wait, busy servers can cause glitches in the software update. Although there are millions of iPhone owners and there has been months of beta testing of iOS 9, you’ll have to decide for yourself if the update is worth the risks of losing functionality. So far, there have been fewer Bluetooth connection problems reported with iOS 9 then there were with iOS 8, last year. However, with only two days of updates, it may take time for iPhone owners to realize if iOS 9 works with everything in their vehicles.
Update 11/08/2015:Our readers and forum members have noted some problems with Bluetooth and iOS 9.1 with some Pioneer Systems, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, VW, Kia, Porsche, Subaru, BMW, Mazda and Chevy models.
Update 9/24/2015:Our readers have noted more problems with iOS 9 such as:
- 2013 Honda CR-V with Bluetooth disconnections for voice calls or music,
- 2015 Cadillac XTS with SMS not working.
- 2014 BMW 5 series connected to iPhone 5s with iOS 9 update, the Bluetooth control doesn’t work and owner can’t change songs.
- Honda Civic 2013 Audio works however it haslots of issues with calls they get consistently transferred to phone instead of being handled by Bluetooth.
- 2012 Fiat 500 Sport Blue & Me there is no sound once caller picks up.
- 2011 Chrysler 200 and a 2013 Ram both with uConnect lost Bluetooth connection after IOS9 update on iPhone 5C.
- iOS 9 on iPhone 5 will not connect to my connect in Ram 1500.
- 2005 Acura TL won’t connect to iPhone 5 with iOS 9.
The first thing to consider is that it usually takes up to an hour to upgrade, not just the downloading of the software but checking to make sure that your apps all work. We suggest that you update to iOS 9 during a time when you do not need your iPhone to work and you are not planning to use Bluetooth in your car/vehicle.
The Apple servers were very busy on Wednesday when the update was released. We see forum comments with these iOS 9 update problems:
- iPhone 6 stuck for 24 hours now. Tried turning it off and on and power button and menu button to restart but still stuck.
- iPhone update taking 18 hours to download.
- Silent Siri without sound, text only.
- News app not working on iPhone 6 but works on iPad.
- Lack of directions in Maps.
- Contacts not showing in spotlight search.
- Siri not working in British English.
- Problems adding photos to albums.
- Problems pairing Bluetooth to Macbook Air.
- Thousands of unread emails showing up in mail.
- Notes destroyed.
- News app not working.
- Contact names missing from text messages.
- Visual voicemail not working after upgrade.
- Unable to hear or end phone calls.
- Phone overheating in pants causing blisters.
As far as car related Apple forum discussions we found the following of interest to car owners.
- Ford SYNC system was stuck in continuous call, when Ford SYNC software was not up-to-date. After, a few days of problems and the SYNC update, the Bluetooth worked.
- Our reader reported than an iPhone 5 with the latest Apple updates and Bluetooth doesn’t work on a 2005 Acura TL.
- Bluetooth is not working with Mini Cooper Coupe John Cooper Works and update did not help
- Bluetooth not working on Octavian VAG.
- iPhone 6 connects to 2015 Honda Civic fine, senders information on the text message doesn’t show.
- Problems connecting 5S to Peugeot 30.
- Problems with VW Golf and VPN calling.
Support form forum members suggests:
- Check your car stereo’s user manual for steps about pairing with a Bluetooth device.
- On your iPhone, swipe up to open the Control Center, then taptwice to turn Bluetooth off and back on.
- Restart your iPhone.
- On your iPhone, unpair your car stereo. On your car’s display, unpair your iPhone and any other devices. Restart your car and your iPhone, then pair and connect again.
- Update your iPhone.
- Install any firmware updates for your car stereo.
Bluetooth problems can sometimes can be fixed with through Network Settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Your iPhone will not know the Bluetooth device and you’ll now have to reconnect.
Reasons to Update to iOS 9
A good reason to upgrade is there is a security update that stops a vulnerability that allows someone to install malicious apps on iPhones and Macs via the Bluetooth-enabled Airdrop filesharing feature. Anyone in range of a targeted device with the feature enabled could plant malware on the iPhone, even if the victim didn’t tap “accept” for the offered file. iOS 9 places a “sandbox” around the Airdrop feature to limit its access rather than address the underlying vulnerabilities. So far no one has reported getting hacked through the vulnerability.
iOS 9 New Features Valuable to Car Owners:
- Improved battery life.
- Better Siri.
- iO9 Bluetooth Disconnect -With iOS 9, there is new option to disconnect Bluetooth from the iPhone easily.
- Wireless CarPlay – iOS 9 will have wireless CarPlay and support for auto manufacturers to develop apps within CarPlay.
- 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.
We have had a report form our readers that iOS 9 beta fixed a Bluetooth issue with his car, which is a good sign.
Should you update ASAP? It depends if it is clear that your car make and model will work as well as other important connected devices you use with your iPhone. Before doing anything, make sure you allow enough time for glitches and also make a backup of your files, settings and be patient.
Last year, we learned that in general, the older the car, the more difficulty, there can be with Bluetooth connections. Older car owner may want to wait to see what happens.
If you have updated to iOS 9 for iPhone 5/5S/5c 6-6+ 6S/6S+ 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.
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