9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2013 1:18 PM by StevenBulifant
Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Let's say I choose to buy a new or refurbed current-generation iPad Mini (or iPod Touch). (I currently own a first-generation iPod that's slowly wearing out.)


One of the vehicles I would use this device in would be a 2001 Chevrolet Astro LS minivan. It's a nice old all-wheel-drive van, bought used from a federal agency several years ago.


The stereo in it is what you might expect: AM/FM with a CD player. There's also an "AUX" button and extra cigarette-lighter ports, but no visible way to connect an iPad or iPod. (This is obviously pre-iPod technology). If I choose to plug a new iOS device into one of the ciggie ports for power, how can I connect the device to the stereo? I don't see a port anywhere labeled "aux".

 

I have some other compatibility questions to ask as a follow-up.


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), late-2012 Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HD
  • 1. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    StevenBulifant Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)

    its a chord that you would buy. Here is one at walmart

     

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Belkin-Car-Auxiliary-Cable-3/17805071

  • 2. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Next logical question:

     

    Where does the cord plug in at?

     

    I don't see any port on the dash marked "aux".

  • 3. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    StevenBulifant Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)

    it could be anywhere. Some places are crazy. I have seen them in the glove box. Center console. Anywhere where you see a little headphone jack. but if you have the button on your dash you def have the ability

  • 4. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Next compatibility question:

     

    If I bought a late-model iPad Mini (or iPod Touch; say, one of the refurbished IT's in the Apple Refurb Store) and used this iPad/iPod as a camera, would I be able to do the following things with Instagram?

     

    (1: Use the iPad/iPod as a digital camera, then go to someone's WiFi hotspot, use the iOS Instagram app to upload photos to an Instagram account

     

    (2: Take photos with another camera (I have a Canon Digital Rebel SLR), transfer a photo (or photos) to the iPad/iPod manually, and then upload the Rebel's transferred photos to Instagram via WiFi?

     

    (3: Use the iPad/iPod on-the-road (or transfer from another camera via a laptop) and connect to a cellular WiFi hotspot to upload photos to an Instagram account. [In places where there are (a: usable cellular service, and (b: someone offers a cellular WiFi hot-spot thingy available.]

     

    (4: Use a late-model iPad or iPod with GoPro's remote control app to interface with a GoPro Hero3 videocam.

     

    I live in a mountainous area where cellular phone service is spotty at best, so I never seriously considered an iPhone. Too many "dead zones" where it doesn't matter how much your cell costs or what it can do, it just won't work. So using an iPhone seems impractical to me.

     

    Currently, I have a first-generation iPod, and I'm thinking about the possibilities of buying a late-model iPad Mini or iPod Touch as an upgrade. I'm wondering what a late-model iOS device could do to get me hooked up to Instagram and other similar photo-sharing social media services without wasting money on a smartphone that won't work in these hills.

     

    What do you think?

  • 5. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    StevenBulifant Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)

    I understand that! Here we go

     

    1. yes.

     

    2. There are camera kits that allow you to plug in a SD card and upload your photos to your ipad/ipod. I would be careful with what kind you purchase. I would get one made by apple and not a knock off. They tend to not work as well.

     

    3. You can connect your ipad/ipod to a computer and drop which pictures you want on the device. I would google exactly how to do so because it been a while and it may have changed but I know there is a way for you to take specific pictures from a computer and load them to your ipad.

     

    4. You can control the gopro with the app but you will need wifi to be able to do so.

     

    If your looking to do a lot of photos I would recommend getting a newer product. The advancement into cameras is always moving forward and the photos on my ipad 2 are not very good.

     

    If you have anymore questions just ask!

  • 6. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have another question:

     

    Let's say I buy a current-generation iPad or iPod Touch, either as a new device or as refurbished gear from Apple.

     

    Now let's say I decide to use this new device's camera to capture high-definition video from some remote location, like a special event or picnic or meeting or hike or whatever. I bring this new iOS device home and I want to play-back the captured high-definition video footage on a new flat-screen LCD TV that has an HDMI port.

     

    How do I connect the device to the television's HDMI port in order to see the video on my device?

  • 7. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    StevenBulifant Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)

    Well there is a couple ways you can do this. The coolest way to do this would be to get Apple TV. Then not only do you have a device that can get hulu, netflix, espn, Vimeo, YouTube, iTunes, and much more. You can do what is called "airplay". When you do this you take what is on your device and then activate airplay and the tv that your Apple TV is plugged into then becomes your display! So sharing pictures and video with a group of people is instant and as easy as a push of a button.

     

    Another way would be to go to best buy and get this device I will post in the bottom. This will allow you up use your 30 pin connector at the bottom to plug into. From there you can connect a hdmi cable and a charger. Now if you get a newer device it will come with the new lightning connector so remember that the connector you get for the hdmi cable will need to be able to fit the lightning connector.

     

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Resource-Articles/Connect-iPad-to-TV/pcmcat240600050 013.c?id=pcmcat240600050013

  • 8. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    Walt_Atwood Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is an AppleTV device essential for what you describe?

     

    Are there any other, similar, devices?

     

    Just wondering if I could shop around.

     

    Thanks again!

  • 9. Re: New-Generation iOS devices -- compatibility questions
    StevenBulifant Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)

    In reference to devices that support "airplay" no. There are a lot of devices that you can launch netflix, hulu, etc from. Apple TV works with any apple computer past 2011 as well. So with any apple device you can launch your display right to your tv. As well as play music, watch movies, review pictures. It really is a great device! 

     

    So any other device that can do what Apple TV does wirelessly no. Not to my knowledge. So Apple TV would be great to share your photos and videos with people who are at your home.