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iOS 4.2 allows direct iPad connections to car audio

updated 03:35 pm EDT, Thu October 28, 2010

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With the advent of iOS 4.2, iPad owners will finally be able to connect the device directly to a car audio system, reports say. Unlike iPhones and iPods, iPads can only currently pump audio into a first- or third-party car system using an aux-in stereo connection. The addition of USB support should allow for more advanced features, such as charging, and controlling an iPad through a head unit.

Some important limitations exist. An iPad can only be trickle-charged by an audio system, unlike an iPhone or iPod, which demands less power. The tablet also disables touchscreen controls when connected to car audio, forcing people to use a head unit's interface. iOS 4.2 should emerge out of beta sometime in November.

by MacNN Staff




  1. maxk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    dumbest video review ever!

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So what about the Alpine head units out there that have a direct connection with your iPod? You know, the patented interface that actually copies digital files over to the HU for it to decode, and lets you fly through playlists?

    Since it's a different type of interface altogether, I'd say it's worth asking.

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