Apple is not playing well with Toyota. a Apple support thread, marked by 9to5Mac, is inundated with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users who are frustrated with a bug that prevents them from enjoying hands-free calling while driving.
Complaints reveal that the last two generations of iPhones cannot stay connected to Bluetooth during calls. “The connection between the car and the phone fails between 2 and 8 minutes after the start of the call,” a poster said. Interestingly, the car brand most affected by this bug is Toyota.
IOS 15 bug hampers Bluetooth connectivity in the car
The poster that started the Apple Support thread insists that their in-car Bluetooth feature has no problem playing audio in the car. However, after initiating a call (while their iPhone 13 Pro is connected to Bluetooth), the call fails within a few minutes.
“My old iPhone XR didn’t have this problem, but didn’t work on iOS 15,” displays the poster with the nickname pudgemo noted. “The iPhone can’t be used for calls in my car, which is really frustrating.”
The thread opened the floodgates to an influx of “even here!” Answers from iPhone users who are suffering from similar issues. The common thread is that the Bluetooth bug seems to affect iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users with Toyota brand cars. There are a few complaints from iPhone owners with Volvo and Audi vehicles, but the problem seems to be more prevalent among Toyota drivers.
A poster suggested a workaround that isn’t ideal, but gets the job done. “Connected my phone with [a USB] cord today in the 4Runner and spoke for an hour on two different calls without a drop, “jon55nj said.” Not the best but at least I have a solution. “
This is not the first time that recent generations of iPhones have angered customers over dropped call issues. As we reported last year, many users reported experiencing signal issues with their iPhone 12. The issue has likely spread to the latest iPhone models as well. Apple recently rolled out a signal bug fix for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 with the iOS 15.1.1 update.
Unfortunately, this update does not correct the on-board Bluetooth connectivity issue. “IOS upgraded to the latest version 15.1 by tech support and the issue was not resolved,” PCBeach2015 said.
So far, the thread has racked up three pages of complaints, but it’s unclear just how widespread this Bluetooth bug is at scale.