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post #41 of 52
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Originally Posted by ChristophB View Post

Still ass issues? Conistancy [sic] is your strong point.
The F'n vehicle is still designed and built (mostly) is the US. The brand is US or it wouldn't be worth a "group LLC" buying it. I don't see Apple rushing out to integrate with Hindustan.

I wish you'd stop embarrassing other Jeep owners (and Texas residents). Yourself, not so much.
post #42 of 52
Yeah I picked some bad examples lol. I was thinking of the Cherokee SRT model as its a premier trim with all the guts, attitude, and looks you'd expect from an Apple product. I just don't think VW fits the mold of Apple, except what us as Apple fans are stereotyped as.
post #43 of 52
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Yeah I picked some bad examples lol. I was thinking of the Cherokee SRT model as its a premier trim with all the guts, attitude, and looks you'd expect from an Apple product. I just don't think VW fits the mold of Apple, except what us as Apple fans are stereotyped as.

VWs are not the same cars they were even 10 years ago.  They are much closer to an Audi now in quality and design.  Reliability always remains to be seen, but they have made an effort recently on that front as well.

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VWs are not the same cars they were even 10 years ago.  They are much closer to an Audi now in quality and design.  Reliability always remains to be seen, but they have made an effort recently on that front as well.

 

Indeed.  I test drove both the VW Golf Wagon TDI and the Audi A4 TDI, and they were very comparable vehicles (ended up going with the Golf Wagon).  When I pop the hood, half the engine parts are labelled as Audi.

 
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post #45 of 52
Hmm. The car will last way longer than the iPhone model that was current when the car came out. What if the iPhone is bested by another company?! Stuck in iPhoneland! And, as apple does, the iPhone changes size or shape? Oops, sorry go get another car. Your new phone doesn't fit.
Too bad. Someone, maybe the car buyer, didn't think it through!
post #46 of 52
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post
Without a mount (or dock), neither of you could possibly have all the same functions as it won't work well (or legally) to give you driving directions.  This would be why almost every GPS unit ever sold for cars actually attaches to the dashboard or windscreen.  If you are picking up your phone to look at the directions, you're "doing it wrong" and are a danger to everyone on the road.  

So … you're both full of it IMO.  

As someone else already said, why not actually wait to see what they announce? 

Who said anything about picking up my phone? I have used ProClip USA mounts in my car for a dozen years -- long before the iPhone ever was invented -- which securely mounts my iPhone right in front of me.

post #47 of 52
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Let's see you charge your phone over Bluetooth, if you are charging you plug into something, why not a dock?

I charge via one of the USB ports provided in my car, or the lighter using a Belkin adapter. It's really not rocket science here.
post #48 of 52
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I charge via one of the USB ports provided in my car, or the lighter using a Belkin adapter. It's really not rocket science here.

I'm hoping for/expecting more iOS integration into vehicle functions beyond just music and voice calls.
post #49 of 52

I don't understand why Apple doesn't just make their own head unit. A double-DIN chassis with a place to snap an iPhone into the front bezel. Most "integration" systems unnecessarily duplicate the screen and touch controls, and provide a less convenient and intuitive user interface. The phone itself already provides everything needed. Maybe include a big knob or two for volume/bass/treble/tuning etc.

 

Provide interface units for common steering wheel controls, or just allow third party suppliers to sell them.

 

If/when the form factor of the phones change, one can change the "deck" the same way one swaps out any car stereo unit.

 

This would have the enormous benefit of being something one can install in ANY car.

post #50 of 52
I cannot speak about VW in America, but in Europe... yes bluetooth connection has been around for a long while.

But... Bluetooth really SUCKS for audio. Its mediocre at best (where is my BT 4.0?). Connecting a cable to your iPhone drastically improves the audio.

Also as others have mentioned, integration directly into the VW display for navigation and (more) elaborate control form the steering wheel is not common.

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Opps.. didnt realise I was so late to the party
post #51 of 52
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Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post

And in 5 years when that technology is no longer supported, the entertainment system will be rendered useless.

well i think the otherway around.
in five yrs or mo time, when i buy this beetle, an iphone5 might come w/ the car! that be cool~
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post #52 of 52

I'm tired of proprietary interfaces.   This is not the 1980s.  We need device agnostic setups.

 

Anyone should be able to get into any vehicle and have their smartphone of any make, be available on, and from, the car's touchscreen panel (as well as from steering wheel controls).

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