iHome in Hotel room - help please

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by pw2989, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. pw2989 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2012
    Hi, I'm going on holiday soon and heard the hotel has an apple docking station.

    I've emailed the hotel to see if it will be compatible with either my iPhone 5 or ipad 2, and received the following response:

    'It is an apple iHome device and works will all iPhone cell phones except for the iPhone 5. The iPad products are not able to connect to the iHome either.'

    Does anyone know if there is some sort of accessory that I can but to enable to connect my iPhone or iPad to the iHome device?

  2. jayrflow macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2013
    Couldn't you use the 30 pin to lightning connector for the iPhone 5? The ipad, I don't know. Maybe the iHome is too small to support the ipad
  3. gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    I haven't been to some hotel that has this iHome thingy. They are small devices that won't be able to put an iPad on top. My 4 and 4S works fine with it. When they say it doesn't work, there are two possibilities. 1) It doesn't have lightning connector or 2) Like any other accessories, it may be software issue therefore even having lightning connector may not work
  4. psychonaut macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I have been in hotels that have iHome units and in your situation I would assume it is safe to say:

    1. For your iPhone you will need the 30 pin to Lightning adapter to use your device with the iHome as its likely that the dock uses the older 30 pin connector.

    2. For your iPad it is doubtful that the dock is wide enough to fit your iPad so you will need some sort of 30 pin extension cable - I have purchased these in the past on amazon.

    Hope this helps and enjoy your holiday :)
  5. Wildwillis macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2012
    An alternative to a 30-pin to lightning adapter would be one of these:


    I've never tried one so I'm not recommending this brand over others, but you should be able to plug one of these into the 30-pin connector on the iHome and then stream music to it from either your iPhone or iPad.

    I saw one of these at Target recently but I don't know which brand it was. I think the price was either the same (~$40) or maybe $10 cheaper so not sure you're going to save any money over the Apple's adapter. One benefit of going this route though would be the ability to control your music 'away from' the iHome (as long as you don't go out of the Bluetooth range). Drawbacks however woudl be no charging and potentially poorer sound quality though (although potentially not noticeable on an iHome).
  6. Partridge macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2007
    It's an alarm clock with a dock on top. Don't expect too much.
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    May 3, 2013
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