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      02-22-2014, 07:11 PM   #1
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iPhone 5 adapter music & BMWApps

So my X1 has BMW Apps, etc. and I need the iPhone 5 adapter.

My dealer said it wasn't out when I purchased the car back in Jan so I waited. Last week I was on the BMWUSA website and found:

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/PRODUCT/43...NAP-IN-ADAPTER

So I ordered it.

It states in the description:
this adapter not only charges the phone, but allows access to any music or MP3 files stored on the phone.

For vehicles with BMW APPS, this adapter is required to fully utilize all features of this option.

The next day my dealer called me and said that the adapter I ordered will ONLY do BMW Apps, and not music. That sounds pretty ass-backwards to me, but I trusted him after he said he had several returns because they didn't play.

Now I'm wondering if this is actually the case or if he is mistaken.

Anyone have the adapter for an iPhone 5 or 5s that does music AND BMWApps?
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      02-22-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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The adapter is fairly new. I guess the only way to know for sure is to try it yourself. We just plug in the phone directly and get everything.
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From what I understand, the only major benefit of using the "snap-in adapter" is that it connects the exterior antenna to the case of your iPhone. But to use the snap-in, the iPhone must not be in any case whatsoever. Using a USB from the front console to the phone gets you almost everything else other than some minor add-ons, which I've yet to see specified anywhere. I've just got a USB to Apple Lightning cable plugged into that USB port with the cable laying in the well under the climate control/presets. I really only even use that when I'm on a long road trip. For any short trip, the phone's bluetooth connection covers all my needs YMMV.
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I just like the clean hidden look/function of the snap-in. It keeps me from having the cords dangling and laying in the car. Yeah, I get it. Small annoyance, but it's one that just bugs the hell out of me for some reason.

We had the snap-in in the Z4 and loved it. Then when the phones changed, we used the usb connection, but it was still hidden in the arm rest instead of the console.
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      02-23-2014, 11:07 AM   #5
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The dealer tels me iPhone 5 only half the things works. For iPhone 5S nothing works. A good adapter for iPhone 5 and 5S isn't out yet.

Frustrating it is.


I searched for a alternative. Have a look, the holder is very small, easy and good, the cable isn't long and will do just fine, it is still clean in the car because I hate 'stuff' around me.

Smartphone holder 25 euro:
Kenu Airframe Portable Car Vent Mount
http://www.kenu.com/products/airframe

Charging cable 25 euro:
Griffin USB-naar-Lightning spiraalkabel
http://store.apple.com/be-nl/product...-12-m?fnode=45


Have a look at this app as well, not sure you guy's heared about Coyoté.
This 'Waze' is a free alternative on it. It is a navigation and is used to share traffice info.

Waze
https://www.waze.com/nl/
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The dealer tels me iPhone 5 only half the things works. For iPhone 5S nothing works. A good adapter for iPhone 5 and 5S isn't out yet.

Frustrating it is.


I searched for a alternative. Have a look, the holder is very small, easy and good, the cable isn't long and will do just fine, it is still clean in the car because I hate 'stuff' around me.

Smartphone holder 25 euro:
Kenu Airframe Portable Car Vent Mount
http://www.kenu.com/products/airframe

Charging cable 25 euro:
Griffin USB-naar-Lightning spiraalkabel
http://store.apple.com/be-nl/product...-12-m?fnode=45


Have a look at this app as well, not sure you guy's heared about Coyoté.
This 'Waze' is a free alternative on it. It is a navigation and is used to share traffice info.

Waze
https://www.waze.com/nl/
Thanks for posting this. I love the look of the smartphone mount you mentioned. I'm a fan of Waze too. I use it all the time when I'm using my other car - even though it has Nav, albeit crappy. With this mount, it'll make it easier for me because mine keeps falling off especially on a sunny day. Not to mention that I think the windshield mount takes away a couple thousand dollars off from the value of the car (Ha ha ha).

I almost bought the iPhone 5/5s adapter for the X1 but my dealer told me that it only supports basic functions. I was advised to wait since a newer version will come out soon. The SA told me that it's scheduled to come out early 2014 but I haven't heard of any announcement from BMW yet.
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      02-23-2014, 01:49 PM   #7
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Since I'm one to always have the newest most recent iPhone, I've just come to accept that I won't be getting any snap in adapters ever. By the time they have the adapter for one phone, I will be on to the next one. Personally I don't really find the need to have anything in the BMW apps. I have all of my music in the iPod section of my iPhone, so bluetooth streaming works just fine. If on a long trip, I suppose it's nicer to plug it into the car so you can get a few more functions and charge the phone. But that's sufficient for me.

In a perfect world there would just be a little shelf with a USB port under the armrest and I would be able to plug my phone in there instead of in front of the shifter, and that would give all of the BMW app functions. I don't know why BMW feels the need to have these specialized plug in adapters. Nobody I know carries their iPhone without some sort of protective case anyway, so it's more of an inconvenience than a convenience.
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First I bought the adapter as well but because BMW told me over phone the media snap in adapter could do all for the S5, when I bought the damn thing same info. So I went to buy a iPhone S5 instead of a Samsung Galaxy 4 mini.

After the snap in didn't work (just charging, yeah, 185 euro for a mobile phone charger/holder) I returned the thing.

This holder and charger cable does the trick for me.
I guess snap in adapter for iphone 5S (5?) won't come out. Maybe as already sated when most people have a newer iPhone or Galaxy and/or even sold there Beemer.
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So I'm starting to re-think waiting on the bmw snap-in at it's crazy high cost, and looking at alternatives. A friend of mine turned me on to the ProClipUSA mounts:

http://www.proclipusa.com/phone-hold...th-a-case.cmsv

Now just trying to find the right mount. My only requirements for that are that 1 - No drilling. 2 - No vent clips.

I like how the cable is there semi-permanently. Just drop phone in & go.
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      02-24-2014, 12:29 PM   #10
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I have tried to find a phone mount that I could attach to the passenger side cup holder to no avail. If anyone has found something that could be used to hold their phone in this, I'd be most interested in hearing about it...
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So I'm starting to re-think waiting on the bmw snap-in at it's crazy high cost, and looking at alternatives. A friend of mine turned me on to the ProClipUSA mounts:

http://www.proclipusa.com/phone-hold...th-a-case.cmsv

Now just trying to find the right mount. My only requirements for that are that 1 - No drilling. 2 - No vent clips.

I like how the cable is there semi-permanently. Just drop phone in & go.
ProClip mounts are fantastic. I have them in both of my VWs--they are very sturdy, custom fit to your car AND device, and articulate in all directions so you can get your phone at that exact angle you want it. Outside of their very high cost, they are perfect.

However, they only have two mounting positions for the x1, both of which seem problematic to me.

The one on the driver side A pillar would be impractical because a) no matter how you route your data/power cable to the phone from the usb/power port, it's gonna suck, and b) if you are right-handed, it would be awkward to actually use the touch screen.

The one that goes over the vent area on the center console is what I use in my current cars, and the location is perfect for easy use, proximity to power port, and good placement for preserving more vital peripheral vision while driving. However, on the x1, it seems like there would be no way to use it without the phone obstructing your view of the nav screen. This is likely true for an iPhone and almost certainly true if you use one of the much larger android phones. Keep in mind that ProClip mounts have a 'bottom' that the phone rests in so there is no way to move the phone down vertically, and they also end up elevating the phone 3-4 inches off the face of the dash, so that would result in even more obstruction--as the phone gets closer to your eye, it blocks out more of what is behind it.

Of course, until someone actually installs one, we won't really know how impractical (or useful) it is. I don't have my x1 yet, so I can't hold my old one up and eyeball it, sadly.

Thanks to Beemerx1 above, I ordered and just received the Kenu AirFrame vent mount, and it actually is really nice. Very sturdy for what it is, and looking at the vents in the x1, I believe it will be a great fit. It might not be as useful as a ProClip can be (with the vent mount, the phone will be farther away from my eye, and not tilted or angled ideally for me as the driver), but i believe it's the best possible given the constraints of the x1, and should be able to fit completely below the nav screen.
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I have tried to find a phone mount that I could attach to the passenger side cup holder to no avail. If anyone has found something that could be used to hold their phone in this, I'd be most interested in hearing about it...
There was a post in the Mini forum a couple years ago the suggested this mount from MOUNTEC. It uses the CD slot and is very stable with no vibration. The cord is a Belkin and is available from Amazon. A very clean installation.
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Charging cable is about the same.
Benefit is, not only is it curling (like a pigs tail) but lso it is a black iphone cable. Something iphone doesn't has, lol.

Will make a photo with my tablet so you could see how the iphone is mounted in the X1.

Very funny (well irritating) that we need any of the solution here shared.
I do understand BMW, it is Mac for a great part that isn't releasing the pin outs etc. Then again, sue there asses.
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