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Will iPhone 5 work on cars with a USB port?

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  • slamj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 9:37 PM (in response to tthiel1)

    I was so hoping that worked, but after resetting everything it still gives me the message of unsupported.  Did you try it with the 30 pin adapter?  I am trying it with the lightning cable.

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    Oct 30, 2012 6:50 AM (in response to slamj)

    I tired it with a 30 pin adapter before I did the reset and it did not work.

  • slamj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 9:42 PM (in response to tthiel1)

    Sorry to ask again, but did you use the 30 pin adapter the second time when it worked, or use the lightning connector into the USB plug in. It didn't work for me to reset it, and then use the lightning cord. Thanks again.

  • tthiel1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Nov 1, 2012 6:58 AM (in response to slamj)

    I used the lightning connector into the usb port.  No 30 pin adapter worked but the stanard cable did.  You might want to try wiping your iPhone and seeing if it will connect.

  • slamj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2012 9:55 PM (in response to tthiel1)

    I reset my iphone 5 and it still didn't work. I was then entering my car while on the phone, and the bluetooth connected with my call.  I plugged it in because the battery was dead, and it worked (charging and playing music instantly).  I thought was strange, but was grateful. Well, I tried to plug it in again, and nothing.  It says unsupported again.  Is there a way to update the Accord 2012 computer? Is there a cord that allows this connection to work? It seems odd that the iphone 4 works, but not the iphone 5.  Apple please help!!!!

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    Nov 18, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to MartinWisc)

    Hi. I have the 2006 Accord (eur) and Honda dealer installed a USB connection to iPhone. It worked (charging and music also controls from the steering wheel) well with iPhone 3Gs, 4 and 4s. I connect the new iPhone 5 thorugh an "lightning to 30-pin adapter" and it plays music but makes a very strange noise that makes music "un-listenable", it still charges the iPhone. Also on the iPhone screen the small icon showing that it is connected disappears and reapears every second like it looses conncetion and reconnects every second. Its probably the reason for the noise - but I have no solution so far. Probably a firmware update of the USB interface could solve it (?).

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,355 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:19 PM (in response to Valentin Cazacu)

    Why the 30 pin connector? Surely you tried it without. I have no problem with iPhone 5 to USB on Kenwood stereo. No issues.

  • Valentin Cazacu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:31 PM (in response to leroydouglas)

    The cable in the usb car interface is for previous generation iPhones and for the 5th we need this like for all other chargers we already have : http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD823ZM/A/lightning-to-30-pin-adapter. Otherwise physically can't connect it.

  • tthiel1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to Valentin Cazacu)

    Not true. 

    Depending on the car many people are having success as I did. 

    My iPhone 5 now works fine with the usb interface on my 2012 Honda Accord. 

    It didn't at first but did after doing a software reset by going to Settings>General>Reset>Reset all settings.

  • Valentin Cazacu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 11:21 PM (in response to tthiel1)

    Well in my case is true - it doesn't wotrk. Is your USB interface Honda native i.e. it was there when you bought the car or the dealer installed it afterwards? Mine was installed by Honda but few years ago for the iPhone 3, probably a firmware update is needed. The iPhone reset didn't help in my case.

  • tthiel1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 1:06 AM (in response to Valentin Cazacu)

    It is the standard Honda USB connector that comes with the car from Honda.

    When you say yours was installed by Honda is that by the Honda dealer who might have used some 3rd party hardware and installed it?

    Make sure you do both a physical and a software reset.  The physical reset did not help me but the software reset did.

    I think something gets carried over if you upgrade your iPhone from an old one that a software reset fixed in my case.

  • Valentin Cazacu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 2:52 AM (in response to tthiel1)

    Hi. Actually I found the issue . I was using an extention cable from the cable going out of the device (the Honda iPhone interface) and my iPhone as the one from the device was too short. And this was the issue as I bought it on Amazon. Now I connected the iPhone directly to that short cable and it works perfectly. My problem now is that Apple does not provide long extention cables i.e. 50cm-1m and the ones sold on Amazon are often unreliable as they either don't charge or don't play music or even are not recognized by the iPhone. Any reliable verified source of supply for these extention cables?

    Cheers.

  • tthiel1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 4:42 AM (in response to Valentin Cazacu)

    I don't know of any extender cables yet but various companies are announcing lighning cables now so it shouldn't be too long.

  • Shane 777 Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 3:40 AM (in response to tthiel1)

    Your theory is likely incorrect. Maybe it's been too long since the people in these posts bought there Honda but any iPhone must be paired with the USB connector on the Accord. None of them including the iPhone 4 just work automatically. To do this, if I recall correctly, you must plug the lightning connector Into the USB port in your car, then insert key and turn on the cars ignition. You probably finally did THAT after all the unnecessary mucking about with the phones settings. Your car was still paired with your previous phone.

  • tthiel1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 7:24 AM (in response to Shane 777)

    My previous 2008 Honda Accord required pairing for bluetooth but that Accord did not have a USB port.  My 2012 Accord does. My iPhone 4 worked right away in the 2012 Accord so if what you say is correct maybe I paired it without knowing it.  My iPhone 5 did not and required alot of fussing to get it to work.  I didn't see anything in the user manual about pairing USB, only bluetooth but I'll check again.

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