Some iPhone users running iOS 15.1 and iOS 15.1.1 have reported connectivity issues with Bluetooth hands-free systems in their cars. The issue seems to have impacted a number of iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 owners and is not limited to a particular car brand.
Users are currently searching for potential fixes and workarounds on the issue. The connectivity problem can also result in serious safety implications as users may be forced to use their iPhone while driving due to sudden disconnection with their Bluetooth hands-free systems.
iOS 15 might have added exciting new features, but it also brought in a few annoying bugs. Complaints are rapidly rising on Apple support forums, and unfortunately, the company has yet to acknowledge the Bluetooth connectivity issue.
Glancing through the multiple threads on Apple Support Communities, one can see that the connectivity issues are being reported with Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Toyota, and Volvo models. Moreover, there are inherently serious safety implications arising from this problem.
A user by the name Tundra_2017 posted in Apple’s forum, “I have the same problem with dropping calls. I have a 2017 Tundra and an iPhone 12 with 15.1.1. The only workaround that I’ve found is to connect the USB cable from my truck to the phone.”
So far, the problem seems to be limited to cars not running Apple CarPlay, instead of using the car’s onboard infotainment systems. However, for some users, this problem was not occurring on iPhone X units.
According to the Apple Support thread the in-car Bluetooth feature doesn’t have any issues playing audio in the car. However, after initiating a call while their iPhones are connected to Bluetooth, the call fails within a few minutes.
Another user reporting problems on the Support Group writes, “I have an issue with my iPhone 13 mini and iOS 15. Bluetooth works very well – basically Spotify through the Bluetooth works without any issues.”
In some cases, users had to manually put their phone on speaker after disconnecting from Bluetooth in order to finish their call while driving. This could lead to serious safety implications for the users as well as others on the road.
To avoid the bug, Apple users are recommended not to download the iOS 15 yet. It is also suggested that drivers use an older iPhone smartphone for Bluetooth connection when driving. Although some users provided suggestions and workarounds, be warned that it did not completely resolve the problem.
There is no official fix for the iPhone Bluetooth bug at the time of writing.