iOS 15 and iPhone 13 are causing trouble for some users. Adding to the list of issues facing iOS 15 and iPhone 13 users, a new, seemingly widespread bug is causing CarPlay to suddenly crash whenever a user attempts to play music, such as through Apple Music or third-party providers like Spotify.
It’s probably fair to say that Apple’s iPhone 13 launch hasn’t gone as smoothly as it might have helped. Things haven’t been great between issues specific to the iPhone 13 itself and problems caused by iOS 15 across all devices.
iOS 15 and iPhone 13 is trouble.
Now, it appears that some iPhone 13 owners are suffering from a bug that’s specific to CarPlay.
According to people reporting the issue across social media, Apple’s support forums, and more, CarPlay seems to crash when someone tries to play music via Spotify, Apple Music, or any other app.
The issue appears to be specific to iPhone 13, with one user saying they had no problems running iOS 15 on an iPhone 12 before upgrading.
I had an iPhone 12 with iOS 15, everything was working fine and dandy. I upgraded to iPhone 13 and now music does not play using CarPlay when I am using either Spotify or Apple Music. I have a 2018 Audi and I use lighting to connect to CarPlay. When I click on a song either using Spotify or Apple Music my CarPlay app shuts down. CarPlay works and does not shut down when I use Google maps or Apple podcasts. But as soon as I click on a song Apple CarPlay just shuts down.
While no concrete fix has been made available, some users report that resetting their network settings does the trick. Others have suggested that disabling all EQ settings works, too.
Apple already has a fix in the works for an issue that prevents Apple Watches from unlocking iPhone 13 models. But, unfortunately, it now looks like it has another problem to add to the mix, too.
Dozens of posts on Apple Support ,,,,,, the MacRumors Forums ,,,, and Twitter include users complaining that only on their new iPhone 13 does CarPlay not work correctly. According to users, attempting to play music from any CarPlay app causes the system to crash, but it works just fine when they try on older iPhones. As one MacRumors reader chronicles:
Updated my iPhone 11 to iOS 15, drove to the store with no issues with Carplay. While there, I activated my new iPhone 13 mini (and disabled the 11), and now Carplay does not work. Trying to play any music causes it to crash and not come back. Unpaired and re-paired the phone powered phone off and on many times, reset the stereo/display, tried a new cable, nothing worked. So now I drive in silence, and it isn’t delicious.
Other users report that the issue persists in either wired and wireless form. If Bluetooth does work, the active music app, such as Spotify, must stay on the screen and stop playing if the user switches to another app. A user on the Apple Support forums explains:
The Bottom Line
iOS 15 has some fundamental quality features that make it convenient for drivers to listen to music, get help from Siri while driving, use the Driving Focus mode, and various other features that make the whole experience rewarding and their ride safe.
However, the CarPlay app that allows one to connect the iPhone to their car’s infotainment system and access these features is reportedly bugged, causing a host of issues that can be potentially dangerous if they pop up while driving. Fortunately, some users have been able to find potential fixes that solve these issues.