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      10-09-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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UPDATE 10/15: We've just posted an FAQ/overview of iPhone 5 and iOS6 functionality in BMW models as it currently stands. See FAQ HERE.

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 Digital/Analog 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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Thank god! This is good news.

Thanks for the update on this. I'm sure this will make a lot of people happy.
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      10-10-2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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About the same time Ill be getting an iPhone 5...
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hahaha, next june.....wtf?
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Wow so this company is so innovated that it takes it 7 months to come up with an iPhone adaptor that will most likely be made in china for a few bucks by a third party.

I have a suggestion why not use the same company that is already making the plugin adaptor for the new iPhone?
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hahaha, next june.....wtf?
Agreed. They take forever to get these adapters out and then have the nerve to charge $250 for them! It's a piece of plastic with a little metal connecter that they should charge no more than $50 for (and that's being generous.) $250 is just highway robbery.
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If I don't have a snap in adapter now, can I add one?
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Wow so this company is so innovated that it takes it 7 months to come up with an iPhone adaptor that will most likely be made in china for a few bucks by a third party.

I have a suggestion why not use the same company that is already making the plugin adaptor for the new iPhone?
Couldn't agree more - you couldn't make this up.

"We've learned that BMW has already started work on the snap-in-adapters for the newest iPhone." Already eh?

How about they start work on getting an email on your iPhone to actually show up on the iDrive screen?
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What's so special about the snap in? The y cable or just USB cable is more than enough
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Wow so this company is so innovated that it takes it 7 months to come up with an iPhone adaptor that will most likely be made in china for a few bucks by a third party.

I have a suggestion why not use the same company that is already making the plugin adaptor for the new iPhone?
+1 - so stupid
And my 2011 models are not USB/digital enabled, so they still require aux input (the Y-cable) rendering my iphone 5 worthless in the car.
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Any news on a Y cable for the iPhone 5?
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no reason it should take them almost 9 months for what has already been accomplished with the lightning adapter and aftermarket parts:

http://www.redmondpie.com/apple-ligh...eir-way-video/
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The reason is this cable is really complicated. Apple didnt give to other companies the right and technical datas concerning this cable. It s a dynamic connector where each contact has a different role each time it s connected.

This long wait is not the fact of BMW but more of Apple. That s also why you cant found any device (Sound docks) from other brand than Apple yet.

The made in China cables only provide power but not data.
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Wow! That's a long wait.

I was going to rewire my USB port for video out since my iPhone 5 won't fit in the snap in, but it appears that the 5 doesn't support analogue video out - meaning it can't be used in this way like the 4 can.

Hopefully when BMW releases this it's a solid product, because the snap in for iphone four went though four different revisions and was always problematic.
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+1 - so stupid
And my 2011 models are not USB/digital enabled, so they still require aux input (the Y-cable) rendering my iphone 5 worthless in the car.
I've never heard of anything past 09 that required the Y cable...

Do you have combox? What happens when you try the Apple white cable?

Interesting..
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Completely incompetent. I wonder if could get someone to custom fabricate one.
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Wow, so even if they meet their release target (and don't end up recalling it right away like the last one) it'll be available just a few months ahead of for the iPhone 5S, or whatever. Hopefully Apple keeps the same form factor like they have in the past.

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How about they start work on getting an email on your iPhone to actually show up on the iDrive screen?
Now why would you want to pollute a perfectly good driving experience by turning it into yet another place where email can suck away your time, life, and soul?

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Any news on a Y cable for the iPhone 5?
I really don't see that happening. BMW hasn't produced a car that requires a Y-cable for 2 years now, so I suspect people with iPhone 5s and older cars are out in the cold. However, you should be able to make it work in at least one of these two ways:

1. Buying a Lightning to Dock adapter and connecting your Y cable to that.
2. Using the standard white Lightning to USB cable and also a normal headphone cable to connect from the iPhone's headphone jack to your AUX In. However, the other option above would likely result in better sound since it would be delivering line-level audio rather than amped audio like the headphone jack does.
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So by the time this comes out the Iphone 5s or 6 will be coming out....Ridiculous.....
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So by the time this comes out the Iphone 5s or 6 will be coming out....Ridiculous.....
Probably -- but remember that Apple has kept the same form factor for 2 years over the last 4 phones: the 3G/3GS and 4/4S. So if that tradition continues, the iPhone 5 cradle SHOULD work in the 5S (or whatever).
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hahaha, next june.....wtf?
No kidding. That's almost a year.
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By that time iPhone 5S will be out, with a completely redesigned phone. A for effort though I suppose.
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