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      10-09-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Apple recently released its iPhone 5 and with it came a change to its connector from the previous 30-pin to the new 8-pin 'Lightning' connector.

This change unfortunately means that the new iPhone will no longer work with BMW's current iPhone snap-in-adapters. So when can we expect the the new adapters for the iPhone 5 from BMW?

We've learned that BMW has already started work on the snap-in-adapters for the newest iPhone. The changes however, are said to be quite complex (due to the new connector) and development will therefore require some months to complete. The changes are not as easy as one may think. For example, the iPhone/iPod Out function requires the video D/A converter circuitry to be integrated into the actual snap-in adapter, which will naturally take some time to develop, test, and release.

The estimated delivery time frame is approximately 7 months and it's anticipated to be ready in June 2013.

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Good news but longer than I would have expected.
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      10-10-2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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7months.. and they are an apple partner..thats crazy..
btw what part do you need to hook the cradle into your car? i do not have nay plus in my armrest but USB and AUDIO
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      10-10-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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bwahahahahahahhhahahaahahahahahha

Another reason that I don't have the snap-in adapter!
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I heard the delay is due to Apple requiring BMW integrate a special pad made from a material called "unobtanium" so the back of the iPhone5 doesn't get scratched while in the cradle.
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bwahahahahahahhhahahaahahahahahha

Another reason that I don't have the snap-in adapter!
another reason i don't have an iphone...
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another reason i don't have an iphone...
Is there a better option for connectivity to BMW?
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      10-12-2012, 12:49 AM   #8
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why not get the thunderbolt to 30 pin dock adapter and install that into the bmw parts. Oh yea its cool to reinvent the wheel....
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why not get the thunderbolt to 30 pin dock adapter and install that into the bmw parts. Oh yea its cool to reinvent the wheel....
Because iPod Out and Video Out are no longer possible over the old analog connection.

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Is the snap-in actually worth the cash?
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Is the snap-in actually worth the cash?
No.

The only thing of value that the snap-in will give you is what's called iPod Out mode which is a sexy UI for looking at album art and navigating songs. That's the primary reason people get it. The rest is stuff you can get with the good ol' white USB cable.

Also, there's a negative to using iPod Out mode- you can't split-screen it, so you can't have navigation on half the screen and album art on the other. Read this, explains the pro's and con's of the snap-in and iPod Out mode:

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codog: This may help you understand the key differences between the Cradle approach and the USB approach:

This is the iPod Out full screen display:



This is the standard BMW full screen display:



This is the iPod Out menu structure:




This is the standard BMW menu structure:



This is what the standard BMW display looks like when you're navigating somewhere (map on left, split-screen album art on right):



This is what the standard BMW display looks like as you approach an exit (album art is overtaken by arrow display):



This is what the standard BMW display looks like as you get closer to the exit (the arrow display changes to a lane assist display):



You lose the last three functions while navigating somewhere (split-screen with LP art, arrow display, and then lane assist display) when you're using the iPod Out feature (via snap-in cradle). They only display when using the standard iPod feature (via USB). There is no split screen with the cradle and iPod Out. It takes over the whole display.

For me, this was a dealbreaker. Not interested in giving up split-screen for sexy Apple album art and menu screens. Too much to sacrifice no matter how much I love my Apple TV and all my iOS devices. It's great to take a drive, see your map on 70% of the screen, see your LP art and song name on 30% of the screen, and every time you are nearing a turn milestone having iDrive overtake the LP art for a moment and give you the arrow display and the lane assist. After the turn is over, the LP art pops back in place. None of this happens with the Cradle and iPod Out. You're either looking at the iPod on the full screen or you're not. Can't have both. I don't recommend giving that functionality up for the sake of an Apple TV looking UI.

The Good About the Cradle + Snap-In Adapter:

Apple's UI
Video Out (only when the car is not moving)
Other Stuff (non-critical like antenna, charging, fan tweaks)

The Bad About the Cradle + Snap-In Adapter:

Can't do split-screen with Nav map, just a big photo of the LP art when playing.
When navigating to a destination, no overtakes of the screen with lanes or arrows.
Inconsistent look/feel with Satellite, FM, and AM functionality especially in split-screen.
Traps your phone in the armrest (doesn't apply to your situation)


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      10-19-2012, 12:45 PM   #12
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Thanks boltjames; I don't have the nav package but have the enhanced bluetooth option here in the UK. Will probably give it a miss in that case.
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Sorry to resurrect a 5 month old thread, but im wondering if there have been any updates on this potentially coming as an option for the MY14 F30?
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