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      03-31-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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don't buy the cradle

for those of you on the fence, the cradle is unnecessary. I be been able to do everything with just the white cable including album artwork etc.

I just wasted $268
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      03-31-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
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pandora artwork, thumbs up etc are there.
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      03-31-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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Did the cable come with the car?
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      03-31-2012, 01:22 PM   #4
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What about facebook, twitter, etc
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      03-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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Thanks, good to know! Does it charge your phone too?
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      03-31-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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You need the cradle to take advantage of the shark fin antenna. The cradle is so over priced it's ridiculous.
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      03-31-2012, 02:06 PM   #7
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can u play video from iPhone without the cradle?
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      03-31-2012, 02:29 PM   #8
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Actually haven't tried video yet, and yes it does charge the phone. I'm talking about the white Apple cable.

yes the functionality of the shark in for reception would be okay but I really don't have any connection problems. Now if it drastically improves bandwidth I could see it being beneficial, but it's something that should come with BMW Apps.
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      03-31-2012, 06:58 PM   #9
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I was wondering if the cradle is specific to one iPhone model (4/4S, I assume) or somewhat universal because it would suck when they inevitably change the shape of the phone and you have to buy another cradle.
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      03-31-2012, 07:12 PM   #10
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Cradles are specific to the model of phone. When the next iPhone comes out and the shape changes, your cradle will be obsolete

The Apple USB cable works just fine, Facebook, Twitter, Web Radio etc... All seem to work perfectly. Unless you have major reception problems I think most can go without the cradle.
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      04-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #11
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I presently use the white Apple lead to charge my phone in the E90, however, it doesn't track list or Genius play from my phone, purely charge up, Bluetooth sorts out my phone calls.
Have just ordered the F30 320i with Pro Nav but wondered if the cradle comes with this package or do I need to order it specifically, looking at the forums suggests I still need to purchase a 4S cradle (Ebay £80.00) can someone who has the F30 with Nav confirm whether I need to purchase this. Thanks
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      04-07-2012, 10:28 AM   #12
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can u play video from iPhone without the cradle?
Anyone able to confirm this? Thanks.
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      04-07-2012, 11:07 AM   #13
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The cradle converts the Iphone video into a usable format for the BMW system, so I believe it is required for Video from Iphones.

It also allows improved reception through its connection to the shark fin antenna.
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      04-07-2012, 11:27 AM   #14
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Right. The cradle is the only way to access all the signals on the 30-pin apple connector. Otherwise you only have a simple USB data link.
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I presently use the white Apple lead to charge my phone in the E90, however, it doesn't track list or Genius play from my phone, purely charge up, Bluetooth sorts out my phone calls.
Have just ordered the F30 320i with Pro Nav but wondered if the cradle comes with this package or do I need to order it specifically, looking at the forums suggests I still need to purchase a 4S cradle (Ebay £80.00) can someone who has the F30 with Nav confirm whether I need to purchase this. Thanks
I have an F30 with nav,assist, apps. I have a cradle, and have not tried the cable. But you NEED to buy the cradle as it is specific to your iphone, 3GS or 4GS etc.

Yes it's a pain to buy, but the phone clips in nicely and quickly. Also the release is quick and well designed, so the phone releases with a snap and can be done with one hand.

Also I can't say for sure but the sound should improve as you likely have less data compression by not using the USB and Aux jacks. For Web radio some are broadcast in high bandwidth. It still takes me about 10 seconds of buffering for these stations but the sound is great. Sound form the phone with the newer large size audio files from Itunes REALLY REALLY good. Good bass, definition, soundstaging all that. I have played with many of the HK settings, but truly default is good. HK has already put in alot of bass for the surround tuning. Just keep it on default. If you go rear bias for the speakers you may want to boost the treble a bit as your dampening the front tweaters. If you do that go into the equalizer.

Anyhoo....I like the cradle.
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      04-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #16
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I do like the fact that it easily snaps in and out. Just one hand operation as opposed to using the cable. The disadvantage with the BMW apps in general is the lack of multitasking. I hate having to start pandora or mog from my iphone before plugging it in. It seems nonsensical.

Also, another thing that I noticed with the cradle is that the iphone battery charges super fast!

As far as video people mentioned, where is this video? Do you go through the itunes interface on external media? I have no desire to watch video, unless I was parked and waiting for my wife at the grocery store or something. Even then I would just call somebody.

Another cool thing with the apps is that it will read out your RSS feeds or facebook posts so you don't have to look at the screen. It is a robotic voice, so kind of hard to follow.
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      04-07-2012, 03:21 PM   #17
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LOL looks like this thread started out against the cradle and now moving towards pro cradle.

Anyway I was still going to get the cradle i figure it should help with data streaming with the external antenna.
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I do like the fact that it easily snaps in and out. Just one hand operation as opposed to using the cable. The disadvantage with the BMW apps in general is the lack of multitasking. I hate having to start pandora or mog from my iphone before plugging it in. It seems nonsensical.

Also, another thing that I noticed with the cradle is that the iphone battery charges super fast!

As far as video people mentioned, where is this video? Do you go through the itunes interface on external media? I have no desire to watch video, unless I was parked and waiting for my wife at the grocery store or something. Even then I would just call somebody.

Another cool thing with the apps is that it will read out your RSS feeds or facebook posts so you don't have to look at the screen. It is a robotic voice, so kind of hard to follow.
That is the one thing I don't like either. It would be cool if you just had to plug the phone in the cradel, go to connected drive, and then be able to choose what app to run based on what's installed on the phone.
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I would just cut the crap and buy it. It works beautifully and simply. Plus it brings PlugIn which is a much better interface than BMW's in the Multimedia section.
Allows for better reception as the shark fin is used (and therefore reduces cabin radiation levels BMW say).
Allows videos stored on iPhone to be played on iDrive.
Keeps annoying wires at bay.
Looks quite cool actually.
Plus it's cooled by a fan if the phone is too hot.

But I agree it's overpriced!
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Here in South Africa, you will most definitely need the cradle, reception is only good in suburban areas and on major routes. In addition to that, the cradle has got a building fan to keep the phone cool. Technically speaking, your audio/video bandwidth is also better if you use a cradle. Iíve got film on both sides of my iPhone and slip it in a pouch when out of the car.

Besides, the iPhone is a beauty and should not be hidden away in a enclosure.
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I don't have BMW Apps ... So is a cradle just a glorified charger for me?
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