MotoringFile » Archive » iPhone 5 and What it Means for MINI.

BMW and MINI have both diversified their smartphone integration that
started with iOS to include the Android platform. Yet the iPhone and iOS
remain the most important mobile platform for either brand. So it only
makes sense for us (and many of you) to take note when Apple releases a
completely new iPhone. Especially one that includes a new connector. So
what does it mean for current an future MINI owners? Read on to find
out.

First off it means your current iPhone dock (yes that $200 accessory
you may have bought for your armrest) will not work with the iPhone 5.
We’ve been assured by MINI that an update to the part should be coming
in early 2013. What about the “Y” cable that connects your phone to the
USB port in the car? Again that’s expected late this year or early next.
But the good news on that front is that Apple will sell you (for a
slightly eye-watering $30) an adapter that converts the previous
iPhone/iPod connector to the new lightening connector standard on all
new iPhones and iPods.

Speaking of iPods the new Nano has gained the all important Bluetooth
option. For the first time this will allow the Nano to stream music
wirelessly to any BMW or MINI that supports streaming audio via
Bluetooth.

One thing to note; MINI and BMW Connected will not be affected by the
upgrades to the iPhone or the iPod Touch. However neither will run on
the iPod Nano.

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