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As some of you may have read from other threads getting the correct snap-in adapter for my iphone 5 has been something of a saga. My two pieces of advice if you are considering buying one are (1) DO NOT attempt to order one before you have your MINI in hand and (2) DO NOT consider anyone's opinion on adapter model number other than the vendor willing to ship one to you (and back up that purchase with a reasonable refund policy). That said...

PROs - No bluetooth needed...so no hot phone. Also since I have heretofore always kept bluetooth turned off to preserve battery power not having to turn it on and off every time I drive my car is VERY nice. The antenna signal boost actually works - I reliably get an extra 'bar' in every location I've tested. The phone is nicely tucked away and won't fly about. And it is nicely hidden away from the prying eyes of over-vigilant police officers.

CONs - For the adapter itself the only downside is the price. But the real downside is the hideous complexity and counterintuitiveness of the whole MINI connected NAV/Music system. If I lived in a state that wasn't so wackadoodle about phones in cars I'd just chalk up my purchase of the MINI tech options to experience, upgrade to a 6 plus, and mount it in front of my NAV system. But given the world as it is I am very happy with my snap-in adapter.

PS - Many thanks go out to MINIPartsMass and MINI of the Main Line for excellent support through this process.
 

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As some of you may have read from other threads getting the correct snap-in adapter for my iphone 5 has been something of a saga. My two pieces of advice if you are considering buying one are (1) DO NOT attempt to order one before you have your MINI in hand and (2) DO NOT consider anyone's opinion on adapter model number other than the vendor willing to ship one to you (and back up that purchase with a reasonable refund policy). That said...

PROs - No bluetooth needed...so no hot phone. Also since I have heretofore always kept bluetooth turned off to preserve battery power not having to turn it on and off every time I drive my car is VERY nice. The antenna signal boost actually works - I reliably get an extra 'bar' in every location I've tested. The phone is nicely tucked away and won't fly about. And it is nicely hidden away from the prying eyes of over-vigilant police officers.

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So my plan is to use my old iPhone 5 in the armrest for music only. My car is currently at sea so a few more weeks. You're saying I should wait until it is here before I try to find an adapter?
 

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So my plan is to use my old iPhone 5 in the armrest for music only. My car is currently at sea so a few more weeks. You're saying I should wait until it is here before I try to find an adapter?
Since your MINI is actually built you should be successful sending your VIN to a reputable dealer and having them find you the right adapter.

That said...I just noticed in another thread that your MINI might be a 2016? If so, Make sure your dealer knows...
 

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Nope, mine is a '15. Just made the cutoff. I will call with my VIN and get one ordered, thanks!
 
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I have the universal snap in so can use with any phone. I am going to leave an iphone 5 in it permanently but could do with advice on the best setup for the phone to work without me having to lift the armrest cover and restart apps every time I get back in.

Also can somone confirm that the power is cut to the snap in cradle when i turn the ignition off and lockup and walk away?

Also I have set the phone not to screen lock but do I need to do anymore?



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