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iPhone 5, 6, and 6+ video compatibility with car stereos

How will your iPhone work with a new car stereo?

With their newest products, including the iPhone 5, 6, and 6+, Apple switched from their traditional 30-pin connector to an all-digital 8-pin "Lightning" connector. Similar to previous Apple devices, in-dash receivers compatible with the iPhone 5 can play music when connected via USB or wirelessly through Bluetooth® audio streaming. But when it comes to video playback, only select receivers will let you play video via USB. Many manufacturers are working hard to make their stereos compatible with video playback from newer iPhones, and we’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Video Transcript

We get a lot of questions every day about the new "Lightning" adapter for the iPhone 5s to go along with a lot of our new head units. So we came down to the lab today to test it out with you.

So some of the benefits of the new slimline adapter is that it's much smaller, it allows for a much thinner phone, and it can be plugged in either way so when you can't see it's much easier to plug in. The new "Lightning" adapter only has digital video out connections, which won't work with most receivers. Currently Pioneer is the only one that has a workaround available for the digital connection. Over the next year, you'll start to see manufacturers have more and more compatibility with the digital connection.

The good news is most receivers come with a USB connection just like the one that came on this cable with your iPhone so you'll be able to connect to the receivers, listen to your music, see the information displayed on the screen, and select anything that you want to hear and listen to your music all day long if you want to.

Let's not forget more and more head units have Bluetooth built in nowadays, so you'll be able to stream your audio wirelessly, take phone calls, and you'll be able to control some of the features on the head unit itself. Technically you don't even need this cable. You could just leave it at home.

So all is not lost, you're still gonna be able to connect to your head unit whether you use the cable or Bluetooth and listen to your music all day long if you'd like. As far as the video issues, they are working on a fix for that, and as we get more information, we'll be sure to pass it on to you. So please give us a call here at Crutchfield if you have any questions. We'd love to help you out.

Last updated 1/28/2020
  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/30/2015

    Pat: Depending on your radio, there are wired and Bluetooth options. I've passed your info along to a Crutchfield advisor, who will contact you soon to help.

  • Pat from oregon

    Posted on 6/29/2015

    I have an apple 5s. Is there an adapter that will allow me to play music (recorded or streaming, i.e. Pandora) in my 1997 BMW.? With my Zune mp3 player, I play using an adapter that connects thru the cigarette lighter. Thanks very much.

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