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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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iphone 5 compatibility with Mini...

Very few articles/posts on this... So why not start one.

Have just ordered an iphone 5 and hoping it will still work with Mini Connected etc.

Apparently the new iphone adaptor will only provide analogue audio output. Not video. This will kill onscreen album covers etc.

The only solution left would be a new cable from BMW / Mini.

Armrest docks all need to be updated too.
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Old Sep 14th, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Likely to be ages before the iPhone 5 works correctly with the mini. Think I will be keeping my 4s a bit longer yet
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Old Sep 15th, 2012, 02:04 AM
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First post! Hey all!

I also ordered an iPhone 5, and have MINI Connected. The best case scenario is this: Until mid-October you'll have to stream your music via bluetooth or aux. When the converter adaptors start arriving, you'll be able to use everything but videos and the Apple-Designed iPod Out interface. You can still see the album art, charge, etc.

I would be surprised if BMW/MINI didn't have an updated cable for us by mid-fall. Remember, all the 2013s are beginning to roll out. As far as I know, BMW iDrive and MINI Connected essentially use the same I/O hardware, and I know they will make sure the new cable/snap-in adapters are updated by then. Losing attachment sales because your iPhone is too new doesn't sound very "BMW" to me.

Lightning isn't going anywhere. All automakers are forced to upgrade. It's just a matter of time (and frustration).
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And you wonder why Apple shares cracked $700? The whole world will jump over backwards to be iP5-compatible!
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Old Sep 21st, 2012, 02:43 PM
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It took BMW months to release updated adapters when the iphone 4 came out, and even then only the basic snap-in appeared to begin with (Mini use the same component). It was many more months before the advanced adapters appeared.

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I plug my iPhone 4S in using a USB cable - video, album art all works just fine, why shouldn't the iPhone 5 work the same?
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Quote: Originally Posted by Phooto (original)
I plug my iPhone 4S in using a USB cable - video, album art all works just fine, why shouldn't the iPhone 5 work the same?

iPhone 5 uses a new 'Lightning' connector and the adapter from Apple doesn't support the ipod out function nor artwork etc. Every type of device using the old type ipod/iphone connector needs an adapter now - that's another 25 from Apple

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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 09:46 PM
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How about you get a phone that does not rely on proprietary hardware like the Samsung Galaxy S3 that i have, its much better than my iPhone 4 and works well as a sat nav because of the large screen and costs a whole lot less to own.
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How about you get a phone that does not rely on proprietary hardware like the Samsung Galaxy S3 that i have, its much better than my iPhone 4 and works well as a sat nav because of the large screen and costs a whole lot less to own.

Lol you do realise that anyone who is talking about this in the topic has the media pack and mini connected which only works with iphones!!!!! so your point about any other type of phone is completely pointless!! and our sat nav is bigger than yours :P
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Lol you do realise that anyone who is talking about this in the topic has the media pack and mini connected which only works with iphones!!!!! so your point about any other type of phone is completely pointless!! and our sat nav is bigger than yours :P

I think you just contradicted yourself, the mini connected pack only works with some iphones!!!!!

Were talking about compatibility with i-phone. I'm just bringing in another angle to show that the i-phone is not the only smart phone on the planet.

I dont have a SatNav, I have a phone with in-built mapping that works, unlike ios 6 or iphone 5, and it has a 4.8 inch screen against the iphones 4". Its not about how big mine is. I'm trying to get the point across the fact Apple use specific hardware, and when they change it u are messed up and unhappy. This is the reason standards are set, Apple chose not to follow them and go their own way.

BTW most smart phones have Bluetooth, and as most Countryman have it also we can stream media and make phone calls without Apple :P

Rant over, takes a deep breath and hopes you take this constructively.

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Well I got it at least.....

I don't know where BMW are going with their tech, as it may now be that they'll realise that Apple is not even the largest part of the sector - albeit a very large percentage of it - with android having passed it. And what about Windoze8 smartphones etc?

BMW and phone compatibility generally has been an issue for years - they stuck themselves with one version of Bluetooth in the past and had to keep producing new TCU modules to keep up. Some phones back in the 'Noughties' would not work correctly at all. Then they tied themselves in with Apple and locked everyone into a closed system if you wanted all the functionality! Even now the Combox controllers are having to have updated versions produced frequently and these were supposed to be the answer to everything only needing firmware updates to keep up to date - not what has actually happened though!

Perhaps the future generation models will have a wider capability, or a new 'common' standard will finally emerge that works on everything. That's what Bluetooth was supposed to do, but as ever it didn't work that way.

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Who would want to use an Android as a Phone..... they look okay (if they copied the look of the iPhone) but do they actually work as a phone without updates..... could always use it as a brick to defend someone mugging you for your watch but they wouldn't want your phone.....

I just use my 4S in the car snap in and then the 5 as my normal phone and will do until BMW do the full media snap in for the 5.... but its a little daft that the full media snap in for the 4S was 175 and the standard one is 50~ there no more materials but then I guess its the same as 2k for the One D to the Cooper D - same engine just a good method of producing profit!
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I have the iP5 w/ iOS 6.0.1 using the 0.2m cabled Lighting > 30-pin adapter to connect to my CMS. I cannot see video (obviously) but everything else works fine.

Some other owners in the US with this connection have reported that it works fine for about an hour then fails. Rebooting the iP5 seems to bring things back into operation. I HAVE NOT experienced this at all and have driven full days without failure.

That being said, I'm sure that MINI need to examine these issues and update their connectivity to eliminate the wonkiness that some have reported.

Oh yeah, that's just around the corner!

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I used to have an HTC Incredible, and the Bluetooth didn't work well. Often it dropped my calls and it never imported my call lists. With the iPhone5 I have now, this all works flawlessly.
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Do you have to buy an apple lightening adaptor? I have seen copies on eBay for just a few pounds. Has anyone tried one of these with the y cable? I get my phone in a few weeks and want t o make sure I get the right adaptor.
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