Date: Monday, December 15th, 2014, 08:32
Category: Accessory, Bluetooth, iOS 8, iPhone
- A Jawbone Big Jambox BT speaker in the morning (news/podcasts)
- Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 BT earbuds during the day (tunes/working out)
- A Jawbone Era BT headset (while driving)
Bluetooth was rock solid on my iPhone 5s running iOS 7.x. I never thought about about it. It just worked. Every day.
Now I hate all of my Bluetooth gear.
Bluetooth is crappy with my iPhone 6 and iOS 8.1.x. Every one of my Bluetooth devices cuts out, drops out or starts warbling within a couple minutes of use.
After upgrading to an iPhone 6 (and iOS 8.1.2):
- my BT speaker starts cutting out after a minute or two of streaming
- my BT earbuds drop out after a song or two, or during app switching
- my BT headset disconnects one minute into every call
While this is my specific story, I’m not alone. Other people are having trouble with Bluetooth as well, especially with the newest iPhone hardware and iOS 8. I don’t use Bluetooth in my vehicle, but that’s another problem spot for iOS 8 users. The Apple discussion forums are littered with complaints about the iOS 8 Bluetooth stack and some users are having trouble with it on Yosemite (OS X 10.10) too.
I was hoping that iOS 8.1.2 would fix things with Bluetooth but the update did nothing to address my specific issues.
I’ve spoken with several OEMs that are patently furious with Apple over the Bluetooth fiasco, but most won’t speak out publicly for fear of losing access, distribution, etc. The hardware vendors probably have Dan Riccio and Craig Federighi on speed dial because Apple’s poor Bluetooth performance is making their products look bad.
- iOS: Troubleshooting Bluetooth connections (Apple)
- Bluetooth FAQ (Apple)
- OS X Yosemite: Bluetooth overview (Apple)
(Blue tooth icon: TrySoda)