Apple recently introduced the new iPhone 5. There are three key differences between it and earlier iPhone models that affect its integration in BMW vehicles. First, the physical dimensions of the body of the new phone are thinner and longer compared to the iPhone 4/4S. Second, the iPhone uses a new 8-pin connector in place of the traditional 30-pin connector used on all other iPhone variants as well as iPod touch and iPod nano. The third is the elimination of the analog video signal.
Click on the article title above to read the FAQ regarding the use of iPhone 5 and iOS 6, as answered by BMW, together with an overview of Y-Cable and Bluetooth use.
Here’s an idea for those who have the new iPhone 5, looking for a cradle solution, and cannot wait until BMW releases its snap-in adapter next year… make your own!
Here is a DIY by a BIMMERPOST showing how he managed to fabricate his own iPhone 5 cradle for the BMW center console using a base plate of the original cradle adapter and the Apple USB to lightning cable, he’s managed to come up with a solution that holds his phone and provides all features except iPod Out functionality and antennae connectivity.
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 … CONTINUED