iPad Mini Already Installed in Car Dashboard

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    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.


    Article Link: iPad Mini Already Installed in Car Dashboard
     
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    Now that's cool.

    Especially once the LTE version (with GPS) is released.
     
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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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    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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    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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    Suddenly I have a huge need for an iPad mini.
     
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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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    What a great idea! Hopefully car manufacturers will develop apps that take advantage of the the iPad :D
     
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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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    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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    The mini does have LTE. Just not the ones from launch day.
     
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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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    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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    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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    LOL I'm an idiot! Thanks.
     
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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? :D

    I'm sold!
     
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    One of the main reasons I want a mini :) navigation update discs are way too expensive
     

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