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Old 11-02-2012, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Mahoneywc View Post
Good point. Unfortunately, for those of us with the older iDrives, we still have to use the dongle from BMW that splits out the Apple adapter to both a USB cable AND a stereo jack for the audio. (from the dealer loaners I've taken out this year, it seems that the dongle is still required?) Pretty silly design honestly. I don't understand why BMW couldn't have gone the extra half inch of effort and send the audio straight through the USB port like every single other auto manufacturer does. It annoys me that my crappy (old) GMC Envoy has a better iPhone implementation than my BMW 535xi does...

Thoughts? Has anyone ever gotten around this problem?
Yeah, I don't know why they use the analog audio in the older iDrive systems. Hopefully now that Apple stopped putting analog out on the lightning port new manufacturers and designs will be "persuaded" to use the digital connection instead.

My girlfriend's 2009 135i rocketship needs the Y cable. We've found that the $20 Y cable from Amazon works much better than the $100+ BMW cable. Go figure.
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