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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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iPad Mini Already Installed in Car Dashboard




Just hours after the iPad mini went on sale, car audio specialists are already installing it in the dashboards of cars. This example, first noticed by 9to5Mac, was installed in a 2012 Toyota Corolla by Soundwaves of Tampa.

The install uses the iPad mini to play Pandora and iHeartRadio through a previously installed audio system. However, because the iPad mini with LTE isn't yet available, the car most likely has a MiFi hotspot installed inside somewhere for a mobile data connection.


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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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Now that's cool.

Especially once the LTE version (with GPS) is released.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:27 AM   #3
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Very nice. Would need some sort of cover up though (i haven't watched the vid yet)
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:29 AM   #4
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Thats where these 7" tablets shine, who needs an expensive $1000 stereo when you can get the same functionality out of a $200-600 device that you can take with you.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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Now that's cool.

Especially once the LTE version (with GPS) is released.
Yea, that would awesome... Especially since you can easily insert and remove the mini like they showed... so it still is a fully usable iPad mini...
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That's cool.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:33 AM   #8
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:34 AM   #9
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Suddenly I have a huge need for an iPad mini.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:36 AM   #10
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Wow that's cool.

[Plus it beats the interface of all modern car systems, don't even get me started on the idea of using a scroll wheel to type an address instead of just having a touch screen in 2012]
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:40 AM   #11
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What a great idea! Hopefully car manufacturers will develop apps that take advantage of the the iPad
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:41 AM   #12
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As much as I've argued about the high cost of the iPad mini, were I to install a ~7" tablet in a car, I'd go with it, no doubt whatsoever. In that case, build quality trumps cost, and the (slightly) lower resolution would not remotely be noticeable, but the aspect ratio would be superior.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:42 AM   #13
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Without retina and LTE the ipad mini is dated on day 1! But count me in when those are added.

Edit: I'm an idiot, the ipad mini does have LTE. I'm in after retina, I guess.

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With LTE/GPS, this would be a monster!
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Without retina and LTE the ipad mini is dated on day 1! But count me in when those are added.
The mini does have LTE. Just not the ones from launch day.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:46 AM   #16
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That's right by me! Awesome to hear!
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:46 AM   #17
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That's really cool.

I wish wifi iPad models had GPS. I can tether to my phone for data, but GPS is unreliable through tethering.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:49 AM   #19
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If people used dash-mounted devices with a little common sense, it wouldn't be a problem. But I worry that there will be people people fiddling with their iPads in their cars, running red lights or swerving into oncoming traffic.
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It's removable. I really want to do this. I wonder how much the cost was.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:52 AM   #21
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Yeah it's awesome! I always thought the car companies could ask apple to design their dashboard but this takes care of that
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:54 AM   #22
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The mini does have LTE. Just not the ones from launch day.
LOL I'm an idiot! Thanks.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:56 AM   #23
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The mini is the perfect size for this
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:57 AM   #24
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Nice - this should help to cull out the idiots doing Facebook on the freeway.

So in six months I'll need a new dashboard so the Turbo Digital iPad Mini can work with my car?

I'm sold!
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:59 AM   #25
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One of the main reasons I want a mini navigation update discs are way too expensive
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