New iPhone may date your car

The new Apple iPhone 5 may entice tech enthusiasts, but its new connector means many Apple users will have to buy a  $29 adapter to cradle the new phones in their now-outdated cars built for earlier versions of the smartphone. Enlarge photo

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The new Apple iPhone 5 may entice tech enthusiasts, but its new connector means many Apple users will have to buy a $29 adapter to cradle the new phones in their now-outdated cars built for earlier versions of the smartphone.

Apple unveiled its iPhone 5, which will go on sale later this month. One feature possible iPhone 5 owners need to know about is the smartphone’s new Lightning connector that replaces the current 30-pin connector found on Apple products such as the iPhone 4S or 4.

Some cars from Hyundai and Kia to luxury brands such as BMW and Audi have special cables or cradles designed for the current design. If you buy a new iPhone 5, you’ll also need to purchase an adapter from Apple that allows the new smartphone to work with your now-outdated car. The adapter is $29 and looks rather large. It likely will make a current cradle that is sized for an iPhone 4 impossible to use as it was intended.

Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said Hyundai’s latest models work without the use of a proprietary cable, but for earlier models that do, he confirmed you’d need the new Apple adapter for full iPhone 5 integration.

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