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iPhone 8 Charging Issues on Chevrolet Wireless Pads

UPDATE AS OF NOV. 2 from Apple: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/24/here-are-the-cars-that-support-iphone-8-and-iphone-x-wireless-charging/

2017 Chevrolet vehicles and previous years with wireless charging capability use a standard that is not compatible with the new iPhone 8. 2018 and newer Chevrolet vehicles now have this fixed and support the iPhone 8 wireless charging feature.

The following vehicles (as confirmed from GM) are compatible with the iPhone 8 Wireless Charging

  • 2018 Buick Enclave
  • 2018 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2018 Chevrolet Bolt
  • 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2018 Chevrolet Silverado LD/HD
  • 2018 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2018 GMC Terrain
  • 2018 GMC Yukon
  • 2018 GMC Sierra LD/HD

 

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I have had two encounters this month, both with iPhone 8. Neither would charge on the Chevrolet vehicle wireless charging pads. However they did work when I tested them on my Samsung wireless pad at my desk. After doing some research online I have concluded that this problem seems to occur with all GM models with the charging pad, not just Chevrolet.

At this time GM does not show iPhone 8 as a compatible or non compatible device on their supported list, we hope this will be updated in the future. Since the iPhone 8 just rolled out GM has not had a chance to test the phone, therefore will not be on the compatibility list as of yet.

The new iPhone 8 and 8S phones use the older 1.1 Qi wireless charging standard developed under the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC); it supports 7.5W (5V/1.5A) wireless charging. GM’s wireless charging feature supports both the Powermat and Qi wireless charging standards. Specifically, the system supports the following wireless charging specifications:

  • PMA 1.0 (Powermat)
  • WPC 1.0 (Qi)
  • WPC 1.1 (Qi)

We have no updates released as of yet by GM.

 

Jennifer Warriner
Certified Tech Expert

Bluetooth iOS 8.3 iPhone issues with infotainment system – FIX

Some people have experienced Bluetooth problems with iOS 8-8.3 in Chevrolet MyLink infotainment systems. There are also problems from Apple Watch owners who are experiencing in-car connections problems as well. Today, we heard of a new fix that may help, so we wanted to share.

Recent Bluetooth problems included music skipping and even music skipping when the USB cable is plugged in. There is a new fix we have never heard of before called “off your Handoff.”

With iOS 8 Apple added a new feature “Handoff” that syncs Apple’s apps including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Messages, Maps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote with those on a Mac computer, or iPad so that you start where you left off. This is done within 30 feet of the other device.

We learned that these problems starting occurring after the “Handoff” feature was launched. Bluetooth can also be used on Mac computers for keyboards and wireless mice. If your iPhone is trying to Handoff to a computer that is not there, it could be causing problems with your Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.

Sometimes resetting all the network settings has helped, therefore we think that it couldn’t hurt to see if you get better Bluetooth pairing in your car with the “Handoff” feature off.

How to disable Handoff on iPhone.

  • Launch the Settings app from your Home screen
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Handoff & Suggested Apps
  • Toggle Handoff to Off.

An update to iOS 8.4, is expected to be out soon, maybe the last week of June. If you have updated your iPhone to iOS 8.3 or iPhone 6-6+ and it fixed or fried your Bluetooth issues with your in-car infotainment system, please let us know at jwarriner@cecilclarkchevrolet.com,  be sure to note your make, model and year of your vehicle as well as the problem or solution you are experiencing. Please also let us know if the “off your Handoff” fix helps.