Apple released iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone 5/S/c and iPhone 6/6+ iPod 5G, iPad Air 1-2, iPad mini 1-3, second-to-fourth-gen iPad, with bug fixes, performances improvements and a reduction in the amount of free storage required to perform the update.
We know our readers want to know if it fixes the notorious Bluetooth glitches that honored Apple with the Edsel Hugo Award for the Biggest Snafu of 2014.
As of today, we were still receiving complaints from iOS 8.1+ and iPhone 6/6+ owners with problems with their in-car infotainment systems.
It has been reported that iOS 8.1.3 fixes these glitches:
- Glitch that prevented users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime,
- The Spotlight search feature showed app results.
- Multitasking gestures didn’t work right on iPads.
The update is available over-the-air (OTA) or through iTunes. We have been combing changelogs and there seems to be no mention of the word “Bluetooth.”
We did see one report that after the 8.1.3 update, the user had to power down and re-pair the Bluetooth connection with Bluetooth headsets and then it worked.
“Apple is done. Their new IOS is #$%$,” wrote one web commenter.
According to forum posts, the update does not fix the slow Wi-Fi and battery-drain issues with older iPhone and iPads since the release of iOS 8 in September. There also appear to problems with calendars, Wi-Fi connections, out of order photos on iPhone 5 models,
The update to iOS 8.1.3 does add new configuration options for standardized education testing.
Bluetooth problems been reported, again with the release of iOS 8.1.3 just like every other update, reported another tech website.
We at AUTO Connected Car News continue to hear about Bluetooth connection problems and iOS 8.xx or iPhone 6/6+ reported with BMW, Audi, Acura, MINI, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Honda, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen (VW), Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Dodge Challenger (UConnect), Hyundai and more from our readers’ comments.
The fourth version of iOS 8.2 is being Beta tested by developers and has a new Bluetooth setting for the Apple Watch due out in March with new Bluetooth settings. Since CES we have been working with a vendor of car accessories to see if they can offer an inexpensive device to help.
Previously, after talking to many car makers we tried to find out Why Bluetooth iOS 8-8.1 & iPhone 6-6+ issues persist in cars. Commenters showed their disgust and frustration to the tune of hundreds of reports of Bluetooth malfunctions. It seemed like the 8.1 update helped with a few new model cars. Read a summary of Bluetooth issues and fixes along with the new “audio-only” connection fix. Read the most popular nuke-it fixes.
If you have updated to iOS 8.1-8.1.3 or iPhone 6-6+ 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 the make, model and year of your vehicle as well as Bluetooth issues you have.
So far we haven’t a automaker that has been mentioned at least once. In fact, one of our readers alerted us to a link to the Mazda Handsfree website that shows functionality for cars and phones. We put in the Mazda 3 with a Verizon iPhone 5 running iOS 8, and you can’t receive calls hands-free.
Mazda previously noted problems with iOS8, at least they are telling the truth.
We are dedicated to finding a solution for ourselves and our readers. You are welcome to sign up for a newsletter that covers iOS 8 and Bluetooth issues to be notified of a solution. The Toyota website sends users to a link to Apple for Bluetooth fixes to update to iOS 8.1 for iPhone 6 models while Honda’s website shows that a 2014 Honda Accord is compatible for most features with an iPhone 6 with iOS 8.02.