Apple Releases iOS 16.1.1 Update to Fix CarPlay and Wi-Fi Bugs

By Kurt Stolz on 11 November 2022
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A new Apple iPhone Pro Max in Space Black running iOS 16.1.1

Apple released an updated version of its mobile operating system, iOS 16.1.1 as well as iPadOS 16.1.1, to address multiple bugs that iOS 16.1 apparently introduced.

The update came two weeks after the launch of iOS 16.1, an update that added support for the iCloud Shared Photo Library, Matter, Live Activities

One bug that iOS 16.1.1 swatted successfully involved the wireless version of Apple CarPlay, the company’s automotive infotainment system, in some vehicles.  The bug prevented iPhones from automatically connecting to CarPlay.  Instead, drivers each time had to tell the device to have Bluetooth connect to CarPlay.  IPhones with the 16.1.1 upgrade that were tested by Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist do now connect automatically with no driver intervention required.

Another bug apparently swatted by the upgrade was a widespread Wi-Fi bug that left users unable to stay connected to their Wi-Fi network.  That too has been slayed by the upgrade, based on our tests.

In addition, yet another bug fixed by 16.1.1 impacted Apple’s SKAdNetwork, which “lets advertisers measure the success of advertisements by attributing app installations to specific ad campaigns.”

Finally, there were two critical security updates made in the release, both which could allow a remote user to executive arbitrary code.  Neither of these bugs was known to have been exploited in the wild.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)