Clarion had said previously that although this unit has a USB port, the Japanese development unit said it cannot fix it on their end. The chipset being used, which is also being used in units installed in Honda's and Toyota's which have the same problem, is the issue. Apple is very strict on programming methods and scoff's at "workarounds" which is probably why they aren't in any hurry to fix this issue.
But I will tell you this, I will never update to a major iOS upgrade ever again. I haven been left without phone communication in my truck for 2 months.
Since the FZ709 is no longer in the Program (at least for Germany)
and i don`t want this ugly 7-Way Wheel Drive for Navigation on the Radio,
there is not much left.
This ugly Wheel was the reason i didn`t bought a Pioneer or Alpine or Kenwood
Driveless Radio insteadt the Clarion.
Clarion Germany hasn`t repleyd to my Support Request, maybe due the Holidays,
i still use my Iphone 4 with iOs 4.3.3. instead the new 4s.
Shame on Apple for this Support and Clarion not be able to provide Firmware Updates.
Seems to be my first and only Clarion CarRadio ever.
Apple can't possibly expect people to dump all of their car stereos just because they changed a setting in their software. This Clarion is not the only unit that this affects. Ford and Honda owners are also having problems.
I think if this is not fixed in iOS 5.1 then we will start seeing some class action lawsuits.
Sorry, still not working on iOS 5.1 beta3 - and another bug report sent to Apple. I am starting to think my reports are going to /dev/null...
Anyway, you may try to connect your phone to the head unit while on a call. I had some "success" (notice the quotes) using this approach, however it last until unit was powered down or phone went out of range. Either way, if you know you are going on a long trip, or if you will need your phone for some long talk, you may try to call any toll free number (maybe your own carrier, at least in here they love to keep you waiting for 40+ minutes) and then after a couple pairing tries, your FZ-709 may get sound again.
This *****. Period. But is better than nothing ATM.
I'm outta here. I will not be held hostage and after consideration, I'm going to blame Clarion for this mess. That this unit is not firmware upgradable through the USB port is ridiculous. Additionally I have stopped receiving communication from the corporate office.
I sold my Clarion on eBay and got a Parrot Asteroid. It makes the Clarion look 20 years old. If I have learned a lesson, whatever unit you buy make sure it is firmware upgradable. I won't be buying Clarion again.
Talked last Monday with Clarion Germany Merchant Hotline.
One of the most useless, worst Helpdesk Calls i ever had.
Absolutly incompetent, unfriendly Person.
- 100% no Updates from Clarion for this Radio. Not possible The Chip has a fixed Software (how stupid this today is to have no Chance for Updates)
- They blame Apple for not staying with the Bluetooth Standard.
- They say Apple should fix it, since they made it not working
(but Clarion is not able to download iphone Phonebooks to the Radio)
- Since the Modell is already old, and out of the Programm (without Follow Device) they also have no interesst.
- they have not answered to my Fax Request from Dez. Last Year:
Response: Don`t use fax, we don`t answer this. Use the Web interface (then why offer the Fax Hotline Number?)
Fact for me:
First and last Clarion Car Radio ever.
Not with this Support and Handling of Customer Problems.
Will sell mine soon and got something different.