Wireless adapters for iPhone 7
Even money says someone within arm’s reach of you is very excited about the impeding arrival of the new iPhone 7 from Apple. More storage and sharper screen resolution are all great advances for users of the popular smartphone platform. However, even the most enthusiastic fans of the phone-maker have concerns about the company choosing to do away with the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. This won’t have much of an impact for people listen to music outside, but pairing the iPhone 7 to a car’s audio system is likely to present a few challenges.
Connect iPhone 7 wirelessly to my car’s radio
Almost all General Motors vehicles from Don Wheaton sold in the last several years have the ability to stream media from a smartphone like the new iPhone 7 to the audio system through infotainment options like Chevy Mylink, Cadillac CUE or Buick/GMC IntelliLink with Bluetooth. This means owners of these vehicles that also use the new iPhone will be able to keep the phone charged while listening to all the music they want.
However, owners of older vehicles without Bluetooth may need to come up with a new solution. When the iPhone had a headphone jack, the device could be plugged in and connected to the audio system via the auxiliary plug — even a cassette adapter for much older vehicle. While the new iPhone 7 is touted to have a longer battery life than it’s predecessors, it still will run out of juice on long road trips. A few new pieces of equipment may be needed to wirelessly play media with the iPhone 7 in your car.
How to play media with iPhone 7
One option for getting around the headphone jack issue with the iPhone 7 is to plug the FM transmitter cable into the car’s auxiliary port and tune the radio to proper frequency. However, converting a digital signal to an analog one will drastically hurt audio quality. Fortunately, there are a few other options you can consider. The technology experts over at leading automotive website Jalopnik suggest using an auxiliary-to-Bluetooth adapter. Jalopnik suggest using the Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth kit. This component uses cords to plug into a car’s auxiliary jack and into an available power outlet like a cigarette lighter. It’s available on Amazon.com for a little more than $30.
Additionally, top tech blog, Gizmodo, has a number of suggestions for Bluetooth adapters. Though the ability to keep the iPhone 7 plugged in at the same time remains dependent on the exact piece of equipment a person buys. A little homework will be required to find the right options for you and your car.
If you need help with finding options wirelessly connect the iPhone 7 to a radio, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional today.