I personally don't like the BMW multimedia options. Both 6NF and 6FL are mostly flawed, because:
6NF Smartphone integration:
- The phone is in the cradle, hidden in the armrest. Sometimes you don't want to pick up on speakers when you carry other passengers. Opening the armrest and picking up the phone manually is painful. Also, managing music through iDrive is a major pain. You can navigate to your favorite song on the iPhone 100 times faster, easier, which also means it's safer while driving and more convenient.
6FL with Y cable:
- Hard to move around, difficult to operate, inaccessible.. Again, painful iDrive navigation and the iPod/iPhone is hidden in the armrest, connected using very short Y cables. You can extend them, but it's very clunky.
- Well, it's a cable. It messes your interior and when you pick up, you're still on a wire like in 80's.
What we (or is it just me?) need is basically a high-quality wireless uncompressed data transmitter, but with the option of easy charging too. Benefits:
- Move around freely
- Navigate through music or pick up a call easily
- Charge when needed
- Zero cables, no mess
I have came up with this idea of 2 products, see the attached diagram:
- $20: Kensington LiquidAUX Auxiliary Car Kit with Remote for iPod; iPhone 1G, 3G
- $100: Yamaha YID-W10 Wireless iPod Dock (Black)
- should work with iPhone 4 dimensions by looking at it.
What do you think about this? The great part is that you can just connect the transmitter base to your iPhone when you enter the car and you're set. But if you need to charge, you put the whole thing to the Yamaha cradle.
Now, I need the adapter from 30 pin Apple connector to the proprietary Yamaha connector. But I only have very basic electricity/wiring skills. Anyone willing to help me out or try this at home? I'd willingly pay anyone who can build the adapter for me, if it works.
The 30 pin Apple connector is documented HERE
, but the Yamaha one isn't anywhere, so we can only do the trial and error.