Oh-uh it seems like it’s déjà vu all over again with the latest update to iOS 8.3 for iPhone 5-6+ and in-car infotainment systems. The update has fixed some issues for some frustrated car owners and caused problems with other car makes and models. Since the update to iOS 8.0, each Apple iOS update has been wreaking havoc on some in-car infotainment systems.
The update to iOS 8.3 came out earlier this week. First, it was reported that Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases was not functioning properly. Then it was reported that it was fixed on the Apple server-side. The massive long changelog does offer hope for people who use their iPhones in their cars and use Siri.
In the iOS 8.3 Changelog under Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes it states:
“Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials.
Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks.
Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected.
Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers.”
Under CarPlay fixes:
“Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen.
Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated.
Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t.”
Other improvements and bug fixes:
Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps.
There is additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey). Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel) Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music
For audio streaming the changelog states:
It fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks and it also fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume.
Out of all our comments we have one fix reported for iOS 8.3 that Siri now works much better for voice commands with Bluetooth connections for things like “Call my wife.”
Meanwhile, we have received reports that of Bluetooth and USB connection problems with:
- iOS 8.3, and USB connection to a 2013 MINI no longer works.
- OS 8.3 did not restore Bluetooth connection in Honda 2014 CRV.
- 2010 Ford Fusion and iPhone 6 Plus.
- No Bluetooth pairing with 2015 F-150 System or 2013 Lexus. Addresses are not available.
- 2005 Acura RDX, the incoming calls using SIRI hands free now just shows all numbers on the dash display as unknown instead of showing the name.
So what’s going on? If appears that the beta testers are not testing each software update with in-vehicle systems or Bluetooth speakers. Remember, the automakers get the updates at the same time that the users do. We even have comments from someone who works at a car dealer who can’t get the Bluetooth to work. It also appears that the new Bluetooth profile in iOS 8-8.3 is very large and complicated because it added functionality for the new Apple Watch. The Apple Watch doesn’t really help drivers because the face is small, it may work for phone calls with Siri by calling from watch, but in no way is as good a full in-car Bluetooth system that routes calls through the speakers.
Many have contacted Apple and or their car dealers and are waiting for responses. In our last roundup of fixes it seemed like some automakers had updated their infotainment system software and it is available for download online. A new problem arose with music streaming skipping like a scratched CD.
Previously, some found that nuke-it fix sometimes helped re-pair Bluetooth connections and in-car systems. There is also indications that using the steering wheel buttons to update the settings and even disconnecting the car battery helps some.
If you have updated to iOS 8.3 for iPhone 5/5S/5c 6-6+ 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.
We received good and bad news about iOS 8.2 when it was first launched.
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