Best New iPad as Car Stereo Solution

Discussion in 'iPad' started by harryhood, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. harryhood, Jun 6, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2006
    I've been looking around for the best, most minimal solution for using an iPAD as the car stereo..not finding anything that tickles my fancy.

    Any recommendations?

    I don't want crappy dash mounts or wires everywhere - I like the solutions that replace your stereo or mount directly INTO your dash, super clean and minimal.

    I liked this Scosch iPAD Dash Kit but I guess it never got made do to legal reasons..Either way I would much rather prefer a 100% mounted solution, directly in the dash like pictured below.

    Something like that, thats an all in one solution or directly mounted like this is what I'm after:


    See here too for another example.
  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2012
    Someone did it with a Scion TC and a Nook color. It worked good and looked clean. But I would do 2 things:

    1: Make it removable, otherwise it's a thief magnet
    2: Use a Bluetooth enabled head unit it on the car as opposed to a specialized dock. Some head units come enabled with bluetooth support already so you can use it to output sound, and if something ever happens to the iPad you still have a stereo.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2006
    For sure. But where can I get the proper mounts to have it install properly? I can't find anything like what is picture above, only arm mounts that look like crap IMO.
  4. macrumors member

    May 31, 2012
    All of those integrated systems are custom made enclosures, i.e. lots of fiberglass and filler to smooth it out, then painted or covered. There are no (to my knowledge) "kits", it's all custom.

    I'm getting ready to do one in my 07 Dodge Ram 3500; I'll have it motorized so it's removable, and will likely tie it in with the factory headunit somehow. Basically a giant iPod:cool:
  5. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Why not something smaller and cheaper like an iPod touch?
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    Jul 2, 2013
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  7. macrumors 65816

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Will not work down here in the south. 9 months out of the year your iPad will flash the temperature warning.
  8. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Wonder what the auto insurance and state DMV departments have to say about a display in view of the driver that can play movies while the vehicle is moving?
  9. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    I would suggest a top of the line rigid mount and forget the built-in idea unless you have either a whole lot of skill or more money than this would be worth to hide a couple of wires.

    You might check out the in-dash replacement units available from places like Crutchfield. You would get a very good stereo and GPS and some of them work very will with iPhones, will show the art, etc.

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