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Video: iPhone 5 Video Compatibility with Car Stereos


With their newest products, including the iPhone 5, Apple switched from their traditional 30-pin connector to an all-digital 8-pin "Lightning" connector. Similar to previous Apple devices, in-dash receivers compatible with the iPhone 5 can play music when connected via USB or wirelessly through Bluetooth® audio streaming. But when it comes to video playback, at this point, only certain Pioneer receivers will let you play video via USB. Most other manufacturers are working hard to make their stereos compatible with iPhone 5 video playback, too, and we’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

We get a lot of questions every day about the new "Lightning" adapter for the iPhone 5s to go along with a lot of our new head units. So we came down to the lab today to test it out with you.

So some of the benefits of the new slimline adapter is that it's much smaller, it allows for a much thinner phone, and it can be plugged in either way so when you can't see it's much easier to plug in. The new "Lightning" adapter only has digital video out connections, which won't work with most receivers. Currently Pioneer is the only one that has a workaround available for the digital connection. Over the next year, you'll start to see manufacturers have more and more compatibility with the digital connection.

The good news is most receivers come with a USB connection just like the one that came on this cable with your iPhone so you'll be able to connect to the receivers, listen to your music, see the information displayed on the screen, and select anything that you want to hear and listen to your music all day long if you want to.

Let's not forget more and more head units have Bluetooth built in nowadays, so you'll be able to stream your audio wirelessly, take phone calls, and you'll be able to control some of the features on the head unit itself. Technically you don't even need this cable. You could just leave it at home.

So all is not lost, you're still gonna be able to connect to your head unit whether you use the cable or Bluetooth and listen to your music all day long if you'd like. As far as the video issues, they are working on a fix for that, and as we get more information, we'll be sure to pass it on to you. So please give us a call here at Crutchfield if you have any questions. We'd love to help you out.

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