AUTO Connected Car News reported that some of its readers have resolved Phone iOS 8 Bluetooth issues with the update to iOS 8.1.2. The update was designed by Apple to fix a problem with purchased ringtones disappearing. The update is available through iTunes or via an over-the-air update.
There are reports that state the update never went to Beta testing, therefore we can assume that the update is a minor fix.
Meanwhile AUTO Connected Car News found several new fixes for Bluetooth issues including one which involves removing the device from the iCloud set up and then connecting it. Some users report that clearing the automotive infotainment system via disconnecting a fuse and resetting the car works.
Previously, it was reported that iOS 8.1 had a Bluetooth fix for issues that "could" cause connections failures. AUTO Connected Cars discovered that the update only helped with few newer model vehicles.
Bluetooth and USB connection problems have been reported with many car models such as BMW, Audi, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai, Honda, Citroen, Pontiac, Volkswagen, Volvo, Dodge and more.
AUTO Connected Car News offers a summary of Bluetooth issues and fixes along with the new “audio-only” connection fix. Read the nuke-it fixes.
AUTO Connected Car News has over 400 hundred reports of Bluetooth issues with connected car infotainment systems.
"We will continue to bug car makers and developers until we find a fix that works for our readers," said editor Lynn Walford who created a stir Telematics West Coast and The Connected Car Expo at the L.A. Auto Show, blatantly chiding panelists for answers.
She reported that people are more than frustrated and that it is the first time in her twenty year career as a writer and editor that she has seen Apple users abandon the iPhone ship for other smartphones. She notes that readers repeatedly reported that other Android and BlackBerry smartphones still work with in-car infotainment systems.
Ms. Walford chuckled when she said, "Just you wait Apple, you have been nominated for the Edsel Hugo Tech-CARS Award this year for the "Biggest Connected Car Snafu of 2014."
Car owners have become accustomed to Bluetooth use while driving for talking on the phone or listening to music, they become very perturbed when a feature that previously worked fine is taken away. Fixes can take as long as four hours and involve resetting and re-entering passcodes and other information.