Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Apple CarPlay Display Bug In iOS 9 Surfaces, Here's A Temporary Fix
If you've updated your iPhone to iOS 9 recently, then you may have noticed the few subtle improvements Apple has made in CarPlay. Better Siri functionality, a new Siri splash screen, the newer iOS 9 font etc. are just a few of those improvements.
But with all new things come a few bugs, and I stumbled into one such display bug in CarPlay recently. At first, I thought it was just a one-off occurrence but when the issue recurred, I did some research on it. I connected my iPhone to another head unit and the bug was present there too.
The worst part is there is only one confirmed fix for the issue right now but it's not a permanent fix.
Sometimes when you launch CarPlay in your vehicle, the display is displaced to the top and to the left of the screen (image above). This means you partially see only two icons (Phone & Music) on the CarPlay homescreen, and less than 10% of the display is used. It seems like the icons are much smaller in size too. And all CarPlay content is restricted to the one little rectangle in the upper left corner.
Disconnecting the iPhone and reconnecting it doesn't fix the problem. You can try everything from launching different CarPlay apps to switching the car off and on but nothing seems to work at the moment. The only way to fix this annoying display bug is to reboot your iPhone. Yes, switch off the thing and turn it back on (unsafe to do while driving, so pull over and do it).
Then, go ahead and reconnect to CarPlay. The interface will now be displayed correctly, in full resolution.
This issue looks like an iOS 9 problem since I've been using CarPlay for over a year now and this is the first time the it has surfaced. I was using my iPhone 6 running iOS 9 on the Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) when the interface first got displaced to the corner of the screen. Since then I've faced the issue at least thrice in the last few days.
Has anyone else faced this issue? Let us know in the comments below. Hopefully a fix is coming soon.
By AppRadioWorld at 10:00 AM