Apple can’t seem to fix this yet.
Even the latest and greatest smartphone of Apple isn’t immune to glitches this far into its lifespan. Users of the iPhone 11 and a few older models have been reporting issues relating to the audio connectivity with CarPlay, and it’s been going on for a few months now.
The problems arise specifically when connecting wirelessly to the car’s audio system. Multiple users have reported that their music skips or the connection drops completely. This isn’t limited to certain automotive models either; complaints from BMW, Honda, Subaru, and Nissan owners prove that this isn’t an isolated occurrence.
No Shortage of Problems Since September
The earliest signs of this issue began when iPhone users shared their frustrations on the official Apple forum last September. The thread has since grown to 15 pages with nothing but troubleshooting and figuring out the exact cause.
The thread was later spotted by 9to5Mac and more disgruntled users chimed in. While some users have already resolved the glitch with a recent firmware update on their iPhone, others are still enduring the inconvenience to this day.
Fortunately, other users had a proper chat with Apple support and got to the bottom of the case. This one in particular worked with the Singapore branch and laid out a few clarifications:
He goes on to explain that the firmware of some cars may also be causing the wireless disturbance, and that it’s not just the iPhones’ fault. But when trying to contact his car dealer for assistance, no resolution came out of it.
Temporary Fixes for Now
Sadly, no official statement or fix has been issued by either Apple or the automotive manufacturers as of writing. While some users were able to resolve this issue with recent firmware updates, more cases seem to be popping up.
There’s no better way than the old-school method.
In the meantime, connecting an iPhone using a 3.5mm cable is the simplest solution if drivers and their passengers simply want to listen to music or podcasts while on the road. Until Apple or auto brands figure out the exact cause, there’s no better way than the old-school method.