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PostSubject: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 14:45

So I managed to get hold of one of these, despite being told by 2 separate dealers that they were still on hold, a tip off & call to Lloyd Blackpool meant that I was able to trace one.

And so far I'm rather disappointed. The two functions I couldn't use via the old lead & lightning adapter were video & 'PlugIn'. This still doesn't work but I understand that this is because the iPhone 5, or more importantly the lightning port does not support Video Out or 'ipod Out', so these functions may never work.

Sound quality is an improvement, but still not as good as via bluetooth, which I'm tempted to keep using despite losing album art.

The only plus I can see is that MINI Connected hasn't lost it's connection yet, so hopefully that'll work better at least.

It doesn't look that great either, all in all, disappointing considering how long it's taken to show up.

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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 19:16

I can't believe that when you spec media etc that it doesn't include some sort of either snap in or at least the cable is hidden within the secret glovebox. What is perceived as a top quality car has a dangling cable that makes it all look Micky Mouse, just my view Smile

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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 19:21

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I can't believe that when you spec media etc that it doesn't include some sort of either snap in or at least the cable is hidden within the secret glovebox. What is perceived as a top quality car has a dangling cable that makes it all look Micky Mouse, just my view Smile

+1. I'm not sure why they don't still do it, but you used to be able to get a wire that went into the compartment in the early R56. What they should do is what VW do (and have done since the mk5 golf) whereby you can slide your ipod/phone in to a part in the arm rest...
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 21:38

They do, it's called a snap-in adapter. Except they havent developed the one for an iPhone 5 yet.....
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 21:44

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They do, it's called a snap-in adapter. Except they havent developed the one for an iPhone 5 yet.....

I was told they had but it only works on the iPhone 5 not 5c+ & it does very little extra & £100+ more than the cable!! When I got mine on mon Phil

I agree I preferred the older style cable but they've had to do that way as apparently the y part was snapping/breaking internally & needing replacing hence the new style. I don't use the other parts so not fused. I can't comment for sure on sound quality as have balance speaker issue at the moment Sad
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 21:59

I have the snap in cradle for my 5s!

Picked up the y cable earlier in the week but haven't tried it yet and as said already don't like the chunky big thing on the middle and don't understand why they make them so long!
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 22:00

I have the snap in cradle for my 5s!

Picked up the y cable earlier in the week but haven't tried it yet and as said already don't like the chunky big thing on the middle and don't understand why they make them so long!
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   28th February 2014, 22:47

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They do, it's called a snap-in adapter. Except they havent developed the one for an iPhone 5 yet.....

You can't fit an ipod in it. And the full media adapter is stupidly priced! The price from VW was about £100 on top of the arm rest... I don't think it'd be too much to move the location of the port 2 feet, it'd be about 85p in wire, and wouldn't render the 'storage tray' completely useless!
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   1st March 2014, 12:17

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They do, it's called a snap-in adapter. Except they havent developed the one for an iPhone 5 yet.....

I know but it's extra and at the price of the media it should be included....

Yes you get the cable with media although some dealers try charging for it ..

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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   1st March 2014, 19:48

Is anyone else having problems with their cable? Mine disconnects from my iPod after I turn my car off then takes about 2 minutes to get it to connect again, then it doesn't show the album artwork from my nano but does if I connect my phone...

Dodgy cable?
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   10th September 2014, 09:33

Resurrecting this thread. With the new iPhone imminent, I thought I might use my old iPhone 5 in the car. So mainly for music, but also MINI connected which I currently never use due to the faff of plugging in the extra connector as I have the old 30 pin cable and also as I don't use my phone for music. Thought I could use a personal hotspot to get any addresses sent to MINI Connected etc. Does anyone use theirs like this now or have any views on whether it is worth doing?
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   10th September 2014, 13:50

How do you mean addresses sent to MINI Connected?

I used to use a personal hotspot to run Mini Connected, but when MINI removed google send to car I pretty much stopped with the hassle of using t al together.
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   10th September 2014, 14:02

Ah right! So google send to car is no longer there?? That's what I meant. If that's not there then I will just stick with my iPod and old cable. Happy with that and have not really been fussed with any of the apps within MINI connected.
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   10th September 2014, 14:04

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Ah right! So google send to car is no longer there?? That's what I meant. If that's not there then I will just stick with my iPod and old cable. Happy with that and have not really been fussed with any of the apps within MINI connected.

Indeed, it's been missing for some time now Sad
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   10th September 2014, 14:08

Thanks Phil! You have saved me some cash then! Will stick with what I have and not change it! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   22nd September 2014, 22:58

Hi not sure if you guys can help but sounds like you know what you are talking about....

I have a USB and audio socket located under my dash, I can play music from an android phone but you have to control it all from the phone, not ideal when driving.

I tried to connect my wife's iPhone to the USB port with a normal iPhone cable and nothing works, am I right in saying I need a special cable? and if I but a cheap iPod nano will that work?

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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   22nd September 2014, 23:41

That's right Ian, you need a Y cable from BMW/MINI, which will then give you full control - there are different versions available though, depending on whether you have nav or not Smile

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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   23rd September 2014, 23:32

Beware though I have the y cable for iPhone 5 and its not 'fully compatible' with car pre March 13 build. Mine was a feb 13 build and it works with the iPhone / iPod but disconnects sometimes when I get back in the car - say next day or even after going to the shops and its doesn't display the album artwork.
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   24th September 2014, 22:39

Thanks for that mine is a 2010 cooper S so its old software, the menu is different to what you get now, it has sat nav built in though, I will ask when I call the garage tomorrow.....
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   25th September 2014, 08:29

My old 2008 Clubman with Nav(sounds like the same system as yours) took the non-media version of the cable.
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   25th September 2014, 08:33

I tried both cables and they play the music but neither display the album artwork, and to no pattern disconnect. With the old 30pin y cable it worked fine, when I spoke to mini they then said it wasn't compatible with pre March 13 builds Even though I had the right cable for the media pack.

If anyone knows how to do a software update I wonder if this would sort it?
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   25th September 2014, 13:26

I did a software update when I got the coupé, it was easy but can't remember how.

Instructions and the file should be on mini.co.uk/connectivity
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PostSubject: Re: iPhone 5 Media Y Cable summary   10th January 2017, 20:50

Very old thread, but today realised that there is another type of Y cable and picked it up from Mini.

Works perfectly. The cable I have just branches at the Y joint..there is no box. The box one is for cars without media and won't show artwork or video. My car is sept 2011 so it is possible on the earlier builds.

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