The week of October 19 -26 was hopeful and then disappointing for many of our readers at AUTO Connected Car News. News included iOS 8.1 Bluetooth fixes/snafus, a new Apple car-controlling patent, new connected car concept cockpit, new Freescale chips with Wi-Fi and more connected Lexus S models.
AUTO Connected Car News appears to be the only outlet continually covering iOS 8-8.1 Bluetooth bugs connecting for in car infotainment systems. We have received substantial comments from readers who report that after updating to iOS 8.1 or buying an iPhone 6-6+ their Bluetooth connection in their cars no longer works. The only pattern we see is that the iOS 8.1 seemed to be more effective on newer cars.
We did find a new fix not mentioned in our list of nuke it fixes, set up the iPhone as “internal audio”
“My Subaru dealer got iPhone 5S with iOS 8.1 paired in 10 minutes. She first deleted previous phones, then paired with internal audio option, not the pair phone option ( which would not work).”
Some individuals reported that the iOS 8.1 update with iPhone 4-6+ helped with the following vehicles:
- 2015 Mazda CX5.
- 2014 Dodge Durango.
- 2015 Honda Fit.
- 2103 Audi 3 SP.
- Ford Focus.
- 2012 Subaru Impreza.
- 2014 Subaru Crosstrek
Makes, models and years reported with iOS 8.1 or iPhone 6 – 6+ problems:
- 2015 Lexus IS 250
- 2012 Honda CR-V – texting problem
- 2014 Cadillac ATS (no CUE) calls made through Siri
- 2011 Subaru Tribeca.
- 2014 Honda Accord – phone works but audio controls don’t work.
- 2013 Hyundai Sonata.
- 2014 Toyota FJ Cruise
- 2013 Subaru Outback.
- 2012 Mazda 3 Sport.
- 2011 Audi A5.
- 2006 Acura.
Almost every car maker was affected including BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Mercedes-Benz, VW, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai and more.
Probably on of the most disappointed readers was D.S. who sated “I had an update $150 of car software today on 2009 Pontiac g8 GXP. No help. Dealer says GMC, Chevy, Buick all have issues. I had talked to Onstar who connected me to GM infotainment. The tech stated the problem as GM issue.”
While conducting an interview on another subject editor, Lynn Walford learned from an industry insider that Apple doesn’t let car makers know anything about updates for iPhones. On top of that Apple wants to literally control cars with iPhones by making a geo-fence using Bluetooth to control car functions such as door/trunk opening and remote starting. It might be a good idea to get Bluetooth working first before Apple uses to control cars.
If you have updated to iOS 8.1 and it fixed or broke 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.
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