There was a big Apple news conference “Spring Forward” on Monday during which there were two news items that are important to car owners and buyers. Apples iOS is being updated to 8.2 for iPhone 4S-5-6+ with some Bluetooth fixes and Apple says it has more CarPlay partners.
iOS 8.2 is available for download there are few fixes in the changelog that may help car owners who have Bluetooth issues. The main reason for the update is to enable the Apple Watch to work with iPhone 5 and later models up to iPhone 6+.
The iOS 8.2 update changelog shows the following fixes.
- Resolves an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free.
- Fixes a Bluetooth calling issue where no audio is heard until the call is answered.
Other fixes which may matter to car owners:
- Fixes multiple calendar issues.
- Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
- Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn’t autocorrected.
- Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing.
- Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app.
- Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on the device.
There are several improvements listed in the changelog for health apps. Apple added ResearchKit functionality to the Health app in order to allow long-term medical research.
Our readers have been posting comments over the evening and there is some good news and bad news for car owners.
A 2015 Mazda CX-5 owner updated iOS 8.1.3 to 8.2.0 and it fixed the USB connectivity failure in which the system recognized the iPhone the iPod and wouldn’t play music. This is good news because Mazda and Visteon admitted compatibility problems with iOS 8.
Another reader with an 2014 Audi A8 updated to iOS 8.2, noted that although hands-free calls work (always have), he still can not hear any email or text notification sounds.
So far from our readers we have reported problems with iOS 8.2 and 2013 Mitsubishi RVR and Acura ILX 2013 (no sound or SMS).
One commenter noted that you should delete all devices off your iPhone before connecting to the car infotainment system.
If you have updated to iOS 8.2 for iPhone 5/5S/5c 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 your make, model and year of your vehicle.
As our readers know we have been trying to help them find a fix for the iOS 8 Bluetooth Blues. Why would’nt Apple fix the Bluetooth mess it made?
Maybe Apple wants its users to instead pay $350 for an Apple watch to use for Bluetooth? Maybe Apple only tests Apple products with other Apple products. Our commenters who contact Apple say that Apple never admits that there is Bluetooth problem. Or perhaps Apple wants to push car owners to buying a new Apple car with CarPlay?
CarPlay was announced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Apple announced that CarPlay will be coming from 40 automakers in 2015. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated “every major car brand has committed to delivering CarPlay” and noted that 40 car models with CarPlay will be deployed by the end of year.
He seemed to miss the statement by Toyota’s that the company is not planning to support CarPlay. The New York Times recently reported that Toyota will not deploy CarPlay.
Apple originally stated that Ferrari, Merecedes-Benz and Volvo would be the first to offer CarPlay. Hyundai Sonatas with the navigation system will be updated to CarPlay in the future.
Fiat Chrysler and Mazda are also planning on CarPlay. Volkswagen announced it would offer CarPlay in January at CES. 2016 GM models such as the Chevy Volt 2016 support CarPlay and MirrorLink.
The problem with CarPlay is that it requires a touchscreen to work, therefore new car buyers who want to use CarPlay will have to pay for a navigation system upgrade which is the case with the Hyundai Sonata. To get CarPlay for the Sonata you have to buy the $1,750 Tech Package for the 8-inch navigation system. You can then connect the iPhone 5-6 via a lightning connector to the car system and use all CarPlay functions.
Update to 8.2 Today or Later?
In the meantime, our readers are still trying to figure out if they should upgrade. It’s always a good idea to wait a few days if you are going to need technical support. We would wait for a time when we are not using the car and need to make calls in the car. We would also backup all our apps and check back to see if commenters Bluetooth issues have been solved here.
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 tried to 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. Read the most popular nuke-it fixes. Our readers were so frustrated they voted to give Apple the Edsel Yugo Award for the biggest Snafu of 2014.
J.D. Power reports Bluetooth and voice command issues are the most reported technology problems by car owners. Yesterday, the ITU issued a whitelist of phones with excellent Bluetooth with in-car infotainment systems–-iPhone 5-6 were not on the list.
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