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There has been much talk since the launch of the iPhone 5 & the iOS6 operating system about compatibility issues with various mobile electronic devices. To help you understand what the issues are and get the most up-to-date information Car Toys has created this blog.
In September of this year Apple launched their new operating system, iOS6, concurrently with the iPhone 5. This iOS update allows customers that currently own certain iPhones to utilize many (if not all) iPhone 5 software features.
Early test results from manufacturers are stating that IOS6 upgrades have disabled or degraded some functionality as it relates to older model iPhones. These same reports have stated that the iPhone 5 is currently incompatible, or partially incompatible with some car stereos, in dash navigation decks and/or OEM connectivity solutions. All manufacturers are working on solutions to these issues.
However, if you currently own a car stereo with iPod/iPhone connectivity this upgrade could potentially make your iPhone incompatible or partially incompatible with your unit. If upgrading to iOS6 or an iPhone 5, it's important to know that compatibility with some devices could be impaired.
Examples of partial loss of features include loss of album art, app launching, iPod browsing and the ability to transmit music or video files.
New technology such as the iPhone 5 is very exciting, and Car Toys is proud to be an authorized retailer. As with many new launches of technology of this kind it can take weeks or even months for manufacturers to get caught up on compatibility.
We will continue to update our web site as information becomes available; our goal is to make any transition you may experience go as smoothly as possible. We also suggest you check with Apple and/or manufacturer web-sites for more information. As well, please feel free to stop by or call your nearest Car Toys.
lf you are thinking of upgrading an iPhone 4 or 4s to the new iOS6 operating system, be aware that Apple has made some changes to the Bluetooth profile that causes issues with Bluetooth streaming. These issues will require a Bluetooth update to correct. Kenwood does not recommend updating your iPhone 4 or 45 to iOS6 at this time due to loss of functionality.
The iPhone 5 no longer provides an analog output for audio or video. Devices that rely on an analog audio input will require Apple's 30 pin digital to analog adaptor to listen to audio. For devices that require an analog video input, there is no current solution available.
2009-2012 CD receivers control music playback and are compatible with the Apple's Lightning-to-USB cable (included with iPhone 5). Pandora lnternet Radio is also supported.
DNX and KIV Receivers:
2OO8-2O12 DNX receivers are currently not compatible with the iPhone 5 and do not support audio or video. Audio may be available with the Apple Lightning-to-30 pin adaptor. We will confirm when the adaptor is available (October).
DDX Receivers 2008-2010:
Current DDX receivers support audio via Apple's Lightning-to- USB cable (included with iPhone 5) but not video. Pandora lnternet Radio is also supported.
Alpine Electronics has released a beta software fix for its newer navigation and AV radios so that they work with the iPhone 5. The beta firmware up date may be downloaded at http://alpine-usa.com/feeds/promo/12avupdate It addresses previous problems that occurred when an iPhone 5 was plugged into the radio including issues with music playback and steering wheel controls.
The update for 2 Alpine navigation/radios: the INE-Z928HD and INE-S920HD restores the following:
Alpine is working on an additional fix for earlier iPhone models (iPhone 4/4S) running the new iOS 6 operating system. In this case, some radios have trouble with Bluetooth streaming after downloading the i OS 6 update as we reported. "A couple" of Alpine's single DIN radios have been impacted with the iOS 6 switchover, said Alpine.
Apple recently announced their newest operating system for portable devices iOS 6. Apple devices eligible for this update include select models of iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. The AAMP of America team has tested these devices to determine if any features or functions were affected, including charging, audio, video, hand free calling, and command and control.
We are proud to announce that our Pacific Accessory Corporation (PAC) and iSimple products which connect either through a 30-pin dock connector or through a Bluetooth connection, have been tested thoroughly to ensure features and function are unaffected by the changes in this new operating system.