iOS 8 has been plagued with Bluetooth bugs connecting to in-car infotainment systems.The manifest of features for iOS update shows a Bluetooth fix which hopefully will help our readers who have tried everything from complaining to Apple to “nuking” their phones to get Bluetooth work. Almost every car maker was affected including BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Mercedes-Benz, VW, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai and more.
iOS 8.1, build 12B411 for iPhones, is available through an over-the-air(OTA) upload and through iTunes. It brings Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (U.S. only). In the “connection fixes” area of the list of features of the update it states “Fixes an issue that could prevent connections to Bluetooth hands-free devices.” A car infotainment system is a hand-free device, therefore it “could” help.
We find the wording of “could prevent connections” to be one devised to not admit guilt. However, in the court of public opinion from our readers, Apple is guilty of the whole Bluetooth connectivity snafu with in-car infotainment systems. If you have updated to iOS 8.1, 8.1.1 or 8.1.2 and it fixed or fried your Bluetooth issues 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.
Update 12/27/2014:You can show your dislike for the Apple iOS 8/iPhone 6/6+ Bluetooth debacle by voting for Apple as the winner of the Tech CARS Edsel Yugo Award for the biggest Car Tech Snafu in 2014. Invite your friends, mechanics and colleagues to vote, too. We don’t expect any new information over the holidays, but we will continue to seek remedies at the International CES 2015.
Update 12/10/2014:Reports from reader comments indicate that the update to iOS 8.1.2 has helped with some Bluetooth issues. We have also discovered that iCloud settings could be interfering with Bluetooth connections. However, people are still commenting that some forms of the “Nuke-it” fixes are working.
Update 10/28/2014:Reports from reader comments indicate that only some Bluetooth vehicle connection issues have been helped by iOS 8.1. We have comments that indicate Bluetooth connection problems with 2011, 2013 and even 2014 model vehicles. Read a summary of Bluetooth issues and fixes along with the new “audio-only” connection fix.
Apple stated that many changes in iOS 8.1 were made from user feedback.
Other fixes in the update are:
Resolves issues with Wi-Fi performance that could occur when connected to some base stations.
Fixes bugs that could cause screen rotation to stop working.
Fixes an issue in Safari where videos would sometimes not play.
Adds an option to select between 2G, 3G, or LTE networks for cellular data .
Fixes an issue in Safari where videos would sometimes not play
Adds AirDrop support for Passbook passes
Adds an option to enable Dictation in Settings for Keyboards, Separate from Siri
Enables HealthKit apps to access data in the background
Accessibility improvements and fixes:
Fixes an issue that prevented Guided Access from working properly .
Fixes a bug where VoiceOver would not work with 3rd party keyboards.
Improves stability and audio quality when using MFi Hearing Aids with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Fixes an issue with VoiceOver where tone dialing would get stuck on tone until dialing another number.
Improves reliability when using handwriting, Bluetooth keyboards, and Braille displays with VoiceOver.
Photos include new features, improvements, and fixes :
Adds iCloud Photo Library as a beta service.
Adds Camera Roll album in Photos app and My Photo Stream album when iCloud Photo Library is not enabled .
Provides alerts when running low on space before capturing Time Lapse videos.
Messages includes new features, improvements and fixes:
Adds the ability for iPhone users to send and receive SMS and MMS text messages on from their iPad and Mac.
Resolves an issue where search would sometimes not display results.
Fixes a bug that caused read messages not to be marked as read.
-Fixes issues with group messaging.
Fixes an issue that was preventing the use of OS X Caching Server for iOS updates