iPhone 5 Will Require Adapter in Some Cars

By David Thomas  on September 11, 2012

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Today, Apple unveiled its iPhone 5, which goes on sale later this month. One feature possible iPhone 5 owners need to know is the smartphone's new Lightning connector that replaces the current 30-pin connector found on Apple's products like the iPhone 4S or 4.

Some cars from Hyundai and Kia to luxury brands like BMW and Audi have special cables or cradles designed for the current design. If you buy a new iPhone 5, you'll also need to purchase an adapter from Apple that allows the new smartphone to work with your — now outdated — car.

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The adapter (above) is $29 and looks rather large. It will likely make a current cradle that's sized for an iPhone 4 impossible to use as it was intended.

Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said that Hyundai's latest models work without the use of a proprietary cable, but for those that do, he confirmed you'd need the new Apple adapter for full iPhone 5 integration.

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