Bug cutting off iPhone Bluetooth connectivity in cars could lead to serious accidents

The iOS 15.2 update released last week not only resolved the Bluetooth connectivity issue that some iPhone users had in iOS 15.1 and 15.1.1, but some believe it also spread the bug to more users, as previously did not suffer from it. . According to complaints found in Apple Support Communities (via Forbes), Bluetooth connectivity issues have appeared on certain iPhone models used with cars manufactured by Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Toyota and Volvo.

Calls from iPhone models running iOS 15 and connected to Bluetooth fall on car speakers

This is more than just a nuisance written by a member of the Apple Support Group. “I use Bluetooth in my Highlander for a call and about 3 minutes in the Bluetooth drops, which makes me find my phone and quickly put it on the speaker (while driving) to end the call or hang up. This is soooo insecure and makes me not want to use the phone in the car. “

Apple has not yet admitted that this problem exists. And another user reporting issues to the support team writes, “I have issues with my iPhone 13 mini and iOS 15. Bluetooth works very well – basically, Spotify works through Bluetooth without any issues.”
“But calling via Bluetooth is real [the] problem for me. I used my Bluetooth in my car and also my handsfree device. Unfortunately, the situation is the same – if I want to make a call via Bluetooth, the phone call is canceled after a few minutes (sometimes 2 minutes, sometimes 6 minutes). I found that there was the same issue with iPhone 12 and beta iOS 15. Can you please fix this? “

This error can lead to a horrific accident if iPhone users fumble around for their phone while behind the wheel

We would suggest that iPhone users experiencing this issue do not fumble around for their phone to end their calls while driving a vehicle. This can easily result in a serious accident. With such an outcome possible, it is surprising that Apple has not acknowledged the problem and hastened a fix.

Although the problem has been discovered in all iPhone models that are compatible with iOS 15, it seems that iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 are the models most affected by the bug. For example, an iPhone 13 Pro Max owner said that two to eight minutes after making a phone call on his Bluetooth-connected phone, the call ends on the car speaker even if it continues on the phone itself.
Continuing his post, this frustrated iPhone owner says that the phone’s Bluetooth connection problem only shows up during phone calls inside the car. In other situations, Bluetooth audio will work fine with the car, please. Others report that some streaming music apps like Spotify are disconnected at random times.

An Apple Community Specialist did not seem to be much help in suggesting that users with these issues restart their iPhone, and if that does not work, they should turn off Bluetooth for 20 seconds and turn it on again. If that does not sound very helpful, the same “specialist” said that if the problem persists, the user should contact Apple Support. How much training is required to call yourself a Community Specialist?

One thing that we have noticed is that many of these complaints are dated in October long before the iOS 15.2 update fell. As a result, we think it’s safe to say that installing iOS 15.2 is not the cause of the Bluetooth connectivity issue. And whatever caused this problem, the most important thing for Apple to do is fix it ASAP.

Interestingly, there are some iPhone users who claim that the iOS 15.2 update eradicated the bug on their phone, even though Apple did not include this in the change list. So, according to iPhone users, the latest update does not fix the Bluetooth connectivity issue, may have actually caused the issue in the first place according to some, and eradicated the error according to others.

Your experience with the iOS 15.2 update may vary.

William

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