Does a cheaper Iphone Composite Video Cable exist???

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by CaptainMayhem, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. CaptainMayhem macrumors newbie

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    I'd love to play around with the video out features of the iphone, but I'm not about to shell out 50 bucks for a cable. Does anyone know of any cheap third party cables that exist and work with the iphone?

    Also, are there any portable lcd players that work with the iphone? Like the Sonic Impact video 55???

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. billchase2 macrumors 68000

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    i tried a cheap one off ebay and it doesn't work... :(
     
  3. VenomousSVT macrumors 6502

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    would it be the same cable that was used for the ipod video?
     
  4. CaptainMayhem thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I believe it uses a different cable than the video ipod. It needs to use the dock connector.
     
  5. billchase2 macrumors 68000

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    Correct, it is a different cable. From what I understand, there is some sort of chip in the iPhone that detects whether it's an actual iPhone cable or not... therefore, any of the older composite cables will not work with it (which is why my cheaper cable I bought on ebay doesn't work).
     
  6. jjb0070 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I got a similar 5 dollar RCA cable off of ebay awhile back for my 5G ipod video, and it works great. It's total bulls#!t that Apple has hosed these cables, making us pay fifty big ones for a new cable.

    It's worth noting, however, that the headphone jack on the ipod video is not the same as the iphone, so these old cables couldn't possibly work because the iphone doesn't transmit both audio AND video signals for the TV through the headphone jack.
     
  7. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    I've got an SVideo cable for my 5G iPod that uses the dock connector and works fine. I'm not saying that this would work for the iPhone, but that the 5G does/can use video cables that connect to the dock connector.

    In a couple months some Chinese manufacture will have reverse engineered the iPhone cable and flood eBay with $10 knock-offs. :p
     
  8. oliver227 macrumors newbie

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    iPhone jack is different from iPod

    Just to clarify the iPod versus iPhone... The four-connector iPod jack has video, ground, left, and right (audio)... The iPhone removed the video for a microphone input... The jack looks the same, but the video is gone, so cables for that jack won't work... In sum, you have to use the dock connector to get video out... I haven't found a cheaper cable, but I hope someone does...

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ut_background_and_in_depth_review.html&page=2
     
  9. billchase2 macrumors 68000

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    any updates on this? has anyone found a way to get a cheaper cable to work? i really want this feature but can't talk myself into spending THAT much money for it...
     
  10. mikeinternet macrumors 6502a

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    it is a different cable. in fact even the older ipod video docks with the s-video and 1/8inch jacks don't work with the iphone.
     
  11. Kevin L. macrumors member

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    What about one of these connectors? It has the same dock connector. I haven't tried one, but I assumed it would work.

    I was also looking for a wireless option that would allow video. Belkin had a cool device (I think it was called the TuneStage) but it only streamed audio and not video. Does anyone know of a bluetooth add on that would stream video for either the iPhone or a 5g iPod?
     
  12. Kevin L. macrumors member

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    So I've been searching more for an answer to this and I can't find anything either. I'm actually looking for a Nano 3g AV cable because it appears to be the same as the iPhone/iPod Touch cable. One guy on eBay had a iPhone av cable but when you clicked on the listing, he said it didn't work on the iPhone (stupid false advertisers!). Anyhow, I'm desperate to find one of these cables to as I'm starting a website detailing the possibilities of the video output for the iPhone and Nano 3G. Help!!! =)
     
  13. leodavinci0 macrumors 6502

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    Like the previous post says, the video out set-up is different on the iPhone in comparison to other iPods. There are reports online that say there isn't actually an authentication chip, and the erroneous report there was is simply amplified conjecture.

    Also, the cable isn't $50, since you also get the USB charger, thus it should be more like $25-30. Has anyone had any luck with finding just the cable, for ~$25, without the USB charger? Does anyone here who works for apple know if it's possible to just order the cable?
     
  14. deftdrummer macrumors regular

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    I just purchased one of these on ebay and it appears to be the correct cable. The only question in my mind is if the cable does indeed have an authentication chip? There seem to be many satisfied customers who have also purchased this cable.

    I should note that it doesn't come with the power adapter, but still $6 is cheap enough to be suspect. ALSO, does anyone know off hand if this video out cable will allow the iphone to play anything in quicktime on the tv? In other words, if its a steaming video on youtube will it work? Thanks everyone.
     
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  16. K4VKS macrumors newbie

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    would this work with the iphone 3gs? I assume it wont since you have to ssh in and add a file. Unless I'm mistaken, the 3gs can't be ssh-ed yet...correct?
     
  17. throwbookatface macrumors member

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    Check dealextreme.com, i think they have some cables with chips to trick it into thinking it's Apple-certified. Not sure if they'll have some for the 3g or even iphone, but if they do, theyll be dirt cheap.
     
  18. andrehaddi macrumors newbie

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    cheaper iphone composite cable

    once googled " iphone 3g composite av cable" n got TVC-MALL sold it at $4.5 or so, but they don't support v3.0:(
     
  19. lollicup macrumors regular

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    the only cables that are iPhone 3.0 compatible are the $50 Apple one's

    nothing else currently works
     
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  21. Poshmember macrumors newbie

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    Of course you can use any third party av cable as long you replace one file in your iphone/ipod touch. I use mine from eBay which cost £3 and works perfect!:)
     

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