I have pre-ordered an iPhone 5, but I' have realised that it wont work with my car head unit - which cost nearly £2000 and was bought specifically to control, and display song information from my iPhone.
It has been absolutely brilliant. Being able to control tracks from my steering wheel, seeing the artwork on the screen and the track name and artist. It made people go "wow".
Unfortunately, the Ipod Out feature that allows control of the iphone from the steering wheel appears not to be supported due to the new lightning connector, nor does the 30pin adapter correct this.
I am now faced with the odd possiblity of having to sell my iPhone 5 when I get it, and go back to a 4S, as it literally is the most important way, as a huge fan of music whilst driving, in which I use my iPhone day to day.
I really really hope that Apple have a way to add "Ipod Out" support to the iPhone 5, so that it can again be controlled via a car's steering wheel.
Cutting out a feature that helps prevent distractions, accidents, even deaths is wrong.
I will happily pay whatever Apple wants for the adapter in future, but I need to know its possible, otherwise I will have to go back to a 4S, as I cant be rooting in my glovebox to change iphone tracks.
Does anyone know if Apple will be creating a future adapter that supports iPod Out, to bring safety back to the millions of cars that currently can control iphones and ipods through the steering wheel?
It is an offence in the United Kingdom to interact with a mobile device in a car, even if its texting, or changing ipod tracks. For UK iPhone owners - Ipod Out is a legal requirement to use the ipod in the car. Please Apple, dont go backwards on car safety, I plead with you!